Understanding Humanitude Care for Sit-to-stand Motion by Wearable Sensors

Qi An, Akito Tanaka, Kazuto Nakashima, Hidenobu Sumioka, Masahiro Shiomi, Ryo Kurazume

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Assisting patients with dementia is a significant social issue. Currently, to assist patients with dementia, a multimodal care technique called Humanitude is gaining popularity. In Humanitude, the patients are assisted through various techniques to stand up independently by utilizing their motor functions as much as possible. Humanitude care techniques encourage caregivers to increase the area of contact with patients during the sit-to-stand motion. However, Humanitude care techniques are not accurately performed by novice caregivers. Therefore, in this study, a smock-type wearable sensor was developed to measure the proximity between caregivers and care recipients during sit-to-stand motion assistance. A measurement experiment was conducted to evaluate the proximity differences between Humanitude care and simulated novice care. In addition, the effects of different care techniques on the center of mass (CoM) trajectory and muscle activity of the care recipients were investigated. The results showed that the caregivers tend to bring their top and middle trunk closer in Humanitude care compared with novice simulated care. Furthermore, it was observed that the CoM trajectory and muscle activity under Humanitude care were similar to those observed when the care recipient stands up independently. These results validate the effectiveness of Humanitude care and provide useful information for teaching techniques in Humanitude.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2022 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665452588
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2022 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Oct 9 2022Oct 12 2022

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
ISSN (Print)1062-922X


Conference2022 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2022
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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