Measuring Physical Activity within Care Homes

Wrist-worn sensors are used to understand the physical activity of care home residents. We collected data from sensors, recording activities (such as walking).  Self-reported physical activity is notoriously inaccurate, and known to be insensitive to walking, the most common activity for most older people. Furthermore, very little previous data on daily activity levels is available on either the oldest-old (over 80s) or those living in care settings. We recorded physical activity, along with coded observations, to gain a greater understanding of the activity and socialisation context.  

By combining this sort of data with other kinds including the location of the resident within the home we can provide insights into the geographical locations and spatial conditions of where older care residents are most physically active (i.e. by mapping activity 'hot-spots' in the home). Read more about BESiDE's location tracing and modelling work.