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  • Older person driving on a Stimulus tablet
  • Presentation of Stimulus
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  • Stimulus session selection screen image
  • Group of seniors testing the Stimulus application
  • Example of Stimulus activity
  • Example of Stimulus activity

What does it consist of:

January 2018

 

Stimulus is a software for cognitive stimulation and rehabilitation. It is made up of a series of interactive activities, focused on the stimulation of different cognitive processes. Allows you to self-administered training that end users can do directly, such as performing a planning and monitoring sessions by a professional or caregiver.

The version that has been validated from TECSOS has been the Home version, focused on the environment of an elderly person and a caring, non-professional person who helps / attends her.

The application allows:

- Carry out cognitive stimulation sessions that automatically adapt to the level of impairment of the person.

- That the caregiver plan sessions or exercises designed for his / her family member or his / her dependents.

- That the results and the evolution of the sessions can be monitored through some indicators.  

Forms of Acquisition:

The Stimulus application can be purchased through GooglePlay or AppStore

 

They offer on their website telephone contact, WhatsApp, email and live chat "Live Chat":

+34 953 37 31 38

+34 628 53 72 77

+34 628 53 72 77 (WhatsApp)

info@stimuluspro.com

 

 

Prices

Stimulus has a free demo version, with access to some basic sessions. With this free access it is possible to assess whether the application is of interest or is suitable for the end user.

On their website they also have an online simulator to be able to visualize the operation of the application, and how the interaction with the exercises is.

The prices range between 5.99 and 54.99 euros, depending on whether it is purchased for 1 or 12 months. 

 

The service can be contracted directly, through the version of the basic application once installed on the Tablet.

 

 

Technical verification:

Design and manufacturing

 The demo version can be downloaded on Android and iOS in the corresponding download spaces. To use the application, a prior registration with email is required, through which the user manual is received. This process of acquisition, download and installation seems very simple and easy to access.

The format of the manual is adequate and uses simple and understandable language.

 

User experience

 The Stimulus application is really intended for people with cognitive impairment, and the ease of use to establish the sessions, allows people with little technical knowledge to use them. It satisfies the objective for which it is designed, although due to the characteristics of the profile of the person to whom it is addressed, someone with cognitive impairment or initial stages of Alzheimer's, the scenario of use and management with a caregiver or family member next to us, seems timely.

 The potential user profile is higher in a preventive phase of cognitive deterioration. In the case of those people who already do therapeutic sessions with qualified personnel or caregivers, it is advisable to carry out the intervention accompanied by this figure. People with loneliness or who are in a situation of isolation can also benefit from the application because it also has an important playful aspect that favors entertainment.

 In the first access to the application, the information is displayed organized by content blocks:

 

 

                                                               

Stimulus screen image

 

- A first line where are the access data to the application and administration data of the user.

- The buttons to access the management of the schedules and their results.

- Access section to free access exercises. 

The latest version of the application was made in January 2018, then it has maintenance and product tour. In the download information, they are in the range of 5.000 - 10.000, according to information from Google Play.

The Stimulus solution is recognized by success stories such as the Diputación de Málaga, Jaén and the Valencian Community. In all these cases, they have been branded through public initiatives of social services and associations of relatives of people with Alzheimer's.

 

Technical benefits:

The application works correctly with Android 4.0.3 and higher versions, as well as with IOS. The tests have been carried out with a Samsung Tablet and it has always worked well, responding to the expected operation.

During the testing time, no error or unexpected failure in the basic operation has been identified. When doing a large load of sessions or doing several in a row, the Stimulus solution works reliably.

The application does not need to be connected to the Internet all the time to function, which provides an important advantage for its portability and mobility. Battery consumption when using the application is optimized, and from what we can see in the new version that has been uploaded to Google Play, this has been improved.

The security aspects have seemed fundamental to us, since they allow a registration process, and confirmation through email.

The application is intended to be used only through a Tablet or IPad, perhaps having a Lite option for mobile could be an advantage for users. 

 

Accessibility:

The sections displayed on the screen are accompanied by icons and their textual title.

In relation to the exercises, point out that they are organized by cognitive areas, identified by colors associated with each of them.

At the time of conducting a session, you can program between 4 minutes and a half an hour. What we have done when testing the application is to increase the handling time of the sessions for our validating users. 

                                                                     

Image of selection of the possibilities of Stimulus Home   
 
The realization of a planning has seemed simple to us, first a time dedicated to the game session is predefined and it is selected if you want self-administered and what level of literacy you have.

The levels of complexity of the exercises are adapted to the level of deterioration of the person. It is highly valued that their planning is carried out with a scientific basis that makes it easier for family members and caregivers to manage it:

 

                                                                     

Stimulus screen with the exercises of a session

 

The activities as such have seemed very complete:

- First they make a textual description of what this exercise consists of.

- Below is a demo of the operation of the concrete exercise, visual, textual and by voiceover.

- The activity begins directly, from the level that is proposed.

 

During the interval of the activity you can pause at any time, being able to resume it whenever you want.

The Stimulus product is aimed at older people in initial phases of cognitive impairment, for this profile the organization and planning offered by Stimulus is very appropriate. We see that the tool as such, with other types of sessions, could be of help for other groups, for example with intellectual disabilities, etc ...

We have tested compatibility with virtual mice, and although the application is not 100% optimized for it, navigation is possible.

 

Highlights:

- There is the option of using an online demo of the tool to get closer to the reality of the possibilities of the application.

- Wide repository of activities organized by cognitive areas and levels of difficulty. The end-user feel is of an interesting variety.

- The levels of the exercises are adjusted to the experience of the person.

- The level of literacy of the person is taken into account when adapting the sessions to their profile.

- The planning of the sessions can be done without having extensive technological experience, since it easily filters the areas and levels of difficulty, also by duration of the entire session and the maximum time to give an answer.  

- Sessions can be monitored based on indicators that are defined by the application, so that both the caregiver and the user can know how the exercises are progressing. Not only are the hits and misses recorded, but response times or omissions are recorded.

- The design of the application is very intuitive and easy to use.

- The exercises are accompanied by aural locutions to help with their realization

 

Improvement points:

           - A more interactive and visual interface for people without impairment could be valued.

           - Have the option of a "configurable audio" with different types of voice-overs: woman / man / child

           - For profiles of active seniors, having the possibility to see the results of other people or relatives, for example: that a grandchild can also have a session and share it with their grandparents.

  • Design and manufacturing: 4 5 on.
    4
    This section refers to the physical aspects and details of the manufacturing of the technological product
  • User experience: 5 5 on.
    5
    This criterion is linked to the user's assessment when relating to the technical product or application.
  • Technical benefits: 4 5 on.
    4
    Description of the quality of the technical specifications of the technological solution.
  • Accessibility: 4 5 on.
    4
    It is the degree to which people can use or access a product, technological solution or service, regardless of their technical, cognitive or physical abilities.

Social valuation:

The social assessment of Stimulus has been carried out in two different settings, with a volunteer from the Creu Roja, Xavier and his mother, an elderly person in a first phase of deterioration associated with age, and at the Reina Sofía Day Center, with four seniors from 67 years.

Photograph of two people with Stimulus

Test group of the Reina Sofia Day Center

Photograph of the Red Creu volunteer

 

Impact and Utility

All validators have verified that the Stimulus application correctly covers its operation. As there is a wide range of activities and variety in their difficulty, it has been perceived of great importance that when doing them, it is well adapted to the profile of each person, so that it is not “too easy” and causes little interest, or “ too difficult ”and cause frustration. It is true that the app is adapting to the difficulty, but a first phase of making contact, understanding, understanding the tool under the advice of family members or professionals, is very positive.

La fullfilment of security requirements The tool is well managed, only the people associated with the account can access the data that is generated. The registration process verifies the authenticity of the user.

In general, the evaluation of the people has been very favorable, it seems to them a very effective. However, they all reinforce the idea that it can be difficult for some older people. That if they have to do the activities alone, it can be complicated and end up getting bored because they do not engage with the proposals. From what we see that success is favoring a good familiarization with the technological tool.

 

Usability and Accessibility

They found the information shown on the screen and in each activity very helpful. That this information takes into account the literacy of the user to raise the messages of support and help, in addition to the activities they liked very much. Some participants in the validation point out that some “people still cannot read and write”.

The section that shows the results and the evolution of the person could be tried to improve aesthetically to be more visual, perhaps with icons by levels of complexity or in case the deterioration of the person is worsening it is accompanied by a color, for example.

Some of the people who have tried it have pointed out that the concept "Self-administered time" is not understood initially, although when reading the clarification it is clear to all.

The application is optimized for Tablet and they have found that it is the best format for this type of activity, as it is accessible, fast, manageable, intuitive, visual and comfortable. They all point out that the mobile phone would be very small, and the computer is more associated with “homework” rather than leisure.

Regarding the errors, no incidents or problems related to the operation of the Tablet have been detected.

The exercises that have been liked the most: solve operations, recognize colors, find a partner, follow two balls, remember words, remember objects and their names, order sequences of an action and divide into two equal parts.

The exercises they liked, then the previous ones: recognizing letters, recognizing numbers, recognizing geometric shapes and ordering words to form a sentence.

 

Design and ergonomics

In general, they found it to be a suitable solution with an attractive design.

 

Ease of acquisition

That the product can be purchased online, through the GooglePlay stores and the IOS market, they have found it easy and accessible. They understand that a person who does not have access to the Internet will not be the end user.

  • Impact and utility: 5 5 on.
    5
    It describes to what extent the functionalities of the product are useful and impact on improving the life of the user.
  • Usability and accessibility: 4 5 on.
    4
    Possibility of the device to be used, understood and taken advantage of under equal conditions for anyone.
  • Design and ergonomics: 4 5 on.
    4
    Assessment of how the design of the technological solution adapts to the person to achieve greater comfort and efficiency when using it.
  • Ease of Acquisition: 4 5 on.
    4
    It refers to the possibilities of accessing and acquiring a technological solution by the user.

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