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Alzheimer's disease, autism, caregiver, dementia, sleep, technology



  1. Rowe, Meredeth PhD, RN
  2. Lane, Stephen PhD
  3. Phipps, Chad BSN, RN


Currently, informal caregivers provide the bulk of care for persons with cognitive impairment who live in the home, often at significant cost in terms of their own physical, mental, and emotional health. This is a report of the development of a home monitoring system, CareWatch, designed for use in homes of persons with cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease. The purpose of CareWatch is to prevent unattended home exits, particularly during the night, and to improve caregiver sleep. We report on the development of CareWatch and on 2 clinical trials underway to test its effectiveness in the home setting.