CONTACT – Social Interaction for Palliative Care Patients Living Alone

Palliative care patients have a high demand on social interaction and communication in order to deal with their incurable terminal disease. For patients living alone, it is difficult to satisfy this demand over distance. The project CONTACT is developing an assistance system to strengthen the emotional bond between patients, friends and family members over distance. The system is meant to support the experience of and the immersion into the “other” lives by exchanging emotions and activities and thereby also encouraging explicit communication. The exchange is carried out by the design of multimodal, affective and pervasive human-technology interactions, which are unobtrusively integrated into the home and mobile environment.