The investigation has had the aim to explore experiences of elderly people (they are fragile or they live in conditions of multimorbidity) and to understand the challenges between all the actors that compose the care system with a different role. The participants are fragile elderly people (not only the ones who suffer from multi-morbidity), the relatives who take care of them, the operators of social and healthcare assistance and clinicians.
For the patients with multimorbidity facilities are often repetitive, inconvenient, inefficient (different doctors can give contrasting advice), burdensome and potentially dangerous because of the low integration and coordination of treatments.
This situation has a significant impact on the decrease of the quality of the patient's life. Furthermore these patients can assume a lot of drugs, often difficult to control and remember, with some dangerous combinations. There is the need to improve good practices for the constant treatment, well coordinated, focused on people with multimorbidity.
The choice of living in the protected apartments for self-sufficient elderly people is attributable to some main reasons: painful events on our daily lives, loneliness, worsening of the state of health or of the economic conditions. Protected apartments are appreciated for the following reasons: the safety, the absence of accessibility, medical and care facilities, the monitoring of welfare conditions three times a day.
There will be practical demonstrations that will involve 120 patients and the corresponding supportive actors, in the health service of Ireland and Belgium, with incorporated infrastructures of Living Lab, ensuring approaches to design process, and co-design of technology to the patients.
Programme: Horizon 2020
Overall goals: produce and market a technologic ecosystem that could help the integration of socio-sanitary treatments for elderly people with multimorbidity.
Themes: monitoring physiological parameters, self-evaluation of the welfare, adherence to the therapy, prevention, partner-sanitary operational integration, communication between patients and services.
Loan: €4 876 756,25
Donor: European Commission
Duration: 42 months
Lead: Trinity College Dublin
Partner: IBM Research, AIAS Bologna ONLUS, CASALA, iMinds, Tyndall, TREElogic, Philips Electronic UK, HISC, AATE, EASPD, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Home Instead Franchising Ltd., Verein zur Foerderung Assistierender Technologie in Europa, ASP Città di Bologna
Official website: PROACT official website