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In elderly care a nursing home is a facility where on a residential basis different caring functions are taking place in order to satisfy the specific care needs of the residents. As in many outdoor and indoor situations, the soundscape of such a space, as originated form its acoustic environment, is of crucial importance since it has the potential to affect the behaviour of the residents. Apart from sounds originating from the care-related interactions between staff members and residents and other typical indoor sound sources like equipment noise, a major contribution to the acoustic environment in a nursing home can be the shouting of residents themselves. It is known that in case of residents with dementia, shouting behaviour can be a prevalent element of BPSD (behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia). Considering the supportive potential of a soundscape, its quality needs to be studied in view of these shouting events. Using signal processing techniques applied to datasets obtained in different nursing homes in Flanders these shouting events can be detected and allow to describe the shouting behaviour of a resident, the temporal pattern of which and its relation to the present soundscape is explored in this paper.
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soundscape, dementia, BPSD, supportive acoustics

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Devos, Paul, et al. “Towards Understanding Healthy and Supportive Acoustic Environments : The Case of a Nursing Home.” Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics : Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019 : 9-13 September 2019 in Aachen, Germany, edited by Martin Ochmann et al., Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik, 2019, pp. 4164–69, doi:10.18154/RWTH-CONV-239237.
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Devos, P., Thomas, P., Aletta, F., Vander Mynsbrugge, T., De Vriendt, P., Van de Velde, D., & Botteldooren, D. (2019). Towards understanding healthy and supportive acoustic environments : the case of a nursing home. In M. Ochmann, M. Vorländer, & J. Fels (Eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics : integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019 : 9-13 September 2019 in Aachen, Germany (pp. 4164–4169). Aachen, Germany: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik. https://doi.org/10.18154/RWTH-CONV-239237
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Devos, Paul, Pieter Thomas, Francesco Aletta, Tara Vander Mynsbrugge, Patricia De Vriendt, Dominique Van de Velde, and Dick Botteldooren. 2019. “Towards Understanding Healthy and Supportive Acoustic Environments : The Case of a Nursing Home.” In Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics : Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019 : 9-13 September 2019 in Aachen, Germany, edited by Martin Ochmann, Michael Vorländer, and Janina Fels, 4164–69. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik. https://doi.org/10.18154/RWTH-CONV-239237.
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Devos, Paul, Pieter Thomas, Francesco Aletta, Tara Vander Mynsbrugge, Patricia De Vriendt, Dominique Van de Velde, and Dick Botteldooren. 2019. “Towards Understanding Healthy and Supportive Acoustic Environments : The Case of a Nursing Home.” In Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics : Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019 : 9-13 September 2019 in Aachen, Germany, ed by. Martin Ochmann, Michael Vorländer, and Janina Fels, 4164–4169. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik. doi:10.18154/RWTH-CONV-239237.
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Devos P, Thomas P, Aletta F, Vander Mynsbrugge T, De Vriendt P, Van de Velde D, et al. Towards understanding healthy and supportive acoustic environments : the case of a nursing home. In: Ochmann M, Vorländer M, Fels J, editors. Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics : integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019 : 9-13 September 2019 in Aachen, Germany. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik; 2019. p. 4164–9.
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P. Devos et al., “Towards understanding healthy and supportive acoustic environments : the case of a nursing home,” in Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics : integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019 : 9-13 September 2019 in Aachen, Germany, Aachen, Germany, 2019, pp. 4164–4169.
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  abstract     = {In elderly care a nursing home is a facility where on a residential basis different caring functions are taking place in order to satisfy the specific care needs of the residents. As in many outdoor and indoor situations, the soundscape of such a space, as originated form its acoustic environment, is of crucial importance since it has the potential to affect the behaviour of the residents. Apart from sounds originating from the care-related interactions between staff members and residents and other typical indoor sound sources like equipment noise, a major contribution to the acoustic environment in a nursing home can be the shouting of residents themselves. It is known that in case of residents with dementia, shouting behaviour can be a prevalent element  of  BPSD  (behavioural  and  psychological  symptoms  of  dementia).  Considering  the  supportive potential of a soundscape, its quality needs to be studied in view of these shouting events. Using signal processing techniques applied to datasets obtained in different nursing homes in Flanders these shouting events can be detected and allow to describe the shouting behaviour of a resident, the temporal pattern of which and its relation to the present soundscape is explored in this paper.},
  author       = {Devos, Paul and Thomas, Pieter and Aletta, Francesco and Vander Mynsbrugge, Tara and De Vriendt, Patricia and Van de Velde, Dominique and Botteldooren, Dick},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics : integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019 : 9-13 September 2019 in Aachen, Germany},
  editor       = {Ochmann, Martin and Vorländer, Michael and Fels, Janina},
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  issn         = {2226-7808},
  keywords     = {soundscape,dementia,BPSD,supportive acoustics},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Aachen, Germany},
  pages        = {4164--4169},
  publisher    = {Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik},
  title        = {Towards understanding healthy and supportive acoustic environments : the case of a nursing home},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.18154/RWTH-CONV-239237},
  year         = {2019},
}

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