Recent statistics show an average life expectancy of 76 years (men) and 82 years (women) * across the EU community, with this expected to continue to increase in the future. There are several factors in the older persons life that can be adversely impacted by this increased life expectancy. For example, the possibility of isolation. The older person may find mobility restricted and loose connection with their peers, families, friends, social groups etc. Normal activities such as shopping, socialising, doctor’s appointments, exercise etc become major issues and stress points.
In addition there is an increasing complexity and workload placed on caring professionals, greater time pressures and an increase in informal carer activity. The Enhanced Daily Living and Health (EDLAH) project is designed to assist the older person as well as both formal and informal carers, providing them with the required service, information and data easily and immediately. The older person is central to the design of the EDLAH platform/service, with all carers requirements also covered. The design process allowing the older person and carers to provide input throughout, achieves this.
*Health at a glance: Europe 2012. OECD iLibrary.
EDLAH will utilise both current and developed technology, the aim is to provide the older person with a greater level of independence, motivation and capability, allowing them to live in their own home for as long as possible.
Technology relevant to the older person, their professional and informal carers, will be available in one easy to use platform. Giving the older person immediate contact to loved ones, peers, emergency services etc. The project will also provide assistance in the functional elements of life such as medication reminders, ‘lost’ object retrieval, dietary information etc. For the professional staff, care recording, care tips and information, health indicators and trends, etc, will also be available through the same service.
Expected results and impact
The EDLAH service is based on individual empowerment, motivation and user engagement. It is this user interaction, empowerment and motivation that are the keys to disease prevention and management, lifestyle and diet management; leading to an improvement in daily life and long-term health.
The older person will enjoy a greater independence and connection with their family, friends and carers. This will give a more motivated and improved lifestyle outcome.
There will also be specific knowledge available, leading to greater confidence in the care provided. The carer community will be more efficient, effective and therefore have improved cost effectiveness and productivity.
Partners involved in the EDLAH project
- Project name: Enhanced Daily Living and Health, EDLAH
- Website: www.edlah.eu
- Coordinator: Karis Group Ltd
- Duration: 30 Months
- Starting Date: 01.05.2013
- Total budget: € 2.800.000
- Public contribution: € 1.550.000
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