Too hot, too cold or just right? Thermal imaging in care homes

Award Number
Status / Stage
9 July 1905 -
12 June 2023
Duration (calculated)
117 years 11 months
Dunhill Medical Trust
Funding Amount
Funder/Grant study page
Dunhill Medical Trust
Contracted Centre
Sheffield Hallam University
Contracted Centre Webpage
Principal Investigator
Professor Charmaine Childs
PI Contact
WHO Catergories
Models across the continuum of care
Tools and methodologies for interventions
Disease Type
Dementia (Unspecified)

CPEC Review Info
Reference ID350
ResearcherReside Team


Award NumberR507/0716
Status / StageCompleted
Start Date19050709
End Date20230612
Duration (calculated) 117 years 11 months
Funder/Grant study pageDunhill Medical Trust
Contracted CentreSheffield Hallam University
Contracted Centre Webpage
Funding Amount£84,757.00


As we get older, our senses change, including our sensitivity to temperature. People living in care homes don’t have control over their environment, and may not be able to determine or communicate if they’re uncomfortably warm or cold. Professor Charmaine Childs used thermal imaging to understand how people’s physical temperatures compared with how they felt, and whether this was affected by dementia.


My research assistant and I measured participants’ temperatures with the thermal imaging camera. We also took images of their hands on a table, and looked at their fingertips, wrists and forearms to see how they were affected by the room temperature.

We also asked the participants whether they were comfortable, or too hot or too cold by asking them to rank how they felt on a ‘thermal comfort scale’. These scales have tended to be used in healthy, young people in office environments but they aren’t typically used for older people in care homes.