In many European countries, the aging population and the consequent increase in the incidence of chronic disease is causing challenges to health care systems. One solution to avoid a collapse of the systems is to conduct patient care in home environments by informal caregivers. However, constantly caring and monitoring patients may lead to heavy physical and emotional burdens on those informal caregivers. To cope with this problem, this research presents a homecare platform to partially relieve those burdens. Using community-based co-design method, the requirements of the platform are generated first where the compatibility, portability, modularity, accessibility, usability, security, affordability and scalability are addressed. Based on those requirements, an architecture of the platform is constructed where a pervasive computing homecare environment and a web-based service form the core of the platform. In the proposed pervasive computing homecare environment, activities and locations of the patient are recorded as events via a wireless sensor network. Those events are then sent and stored in a web database. Possible critical situations are identified based on the analysis of those recorded events. If any critical situations are detected, the platform will push an alarm to mobile devices of responsible caregivers for possible interventions. To verify the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed platform, an experiment were conducted to test different technical functionalities and the usability of the platform. Limitations of the proposed platform and future research directions are discussed as well.

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