The HUME is a system with smart sensors for people with misunderstood behavior and stress. Personal care assistant Esther van Waes uses it at Severinus care organization: “Thanks to the HUME we discovered that we have to give our client more time in the morning. We learned that she finds it very stressful to wait for her bread. Therefore, we now prepare her breakfast in advance.”
Watching and listening to clients well is something Esther van Waes, a personal support worker at care organization Severinus, can do well. And yet she does not always know what is going on inside them. Esther works at a residential care location for adults with a very low mental level. The HUME, an innovation that measures stress via sensors, helped her understand a client better.
“With us lives a lady of 51 years. She can’t talk, but she can shout and scream. That is her way of making things clear. Unlike other people with intellectual disabilities, this lady went through normal development until she was twelve. Then she got meningitis. Since then she has had the emotional level of an eight-month-old child. But because her brain has been trained for twelve years, she sometimes understands unexpected things. That makes interpreting her behavior difficult at times.”
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