OLA will mediate and facilitate interaction (communication and collaboration) between the elderly and their informal caregivers or other services or professionals, through technological devices such as personal computers, mobile devices (tablets) and home automation modules. These ICT devices will be based on an innovative Human-computer interaction (HCI) approach, embracing various physical, health and cognitive characteristics of older adults.
The approach will be specifically oriented to increase the level of independence of the elderly, by supporting the possibility of remote caregiver’s assistance and by improving the accessibility to existing services on the web. Moreover, OLA will also provide personalised well-being and safety advice to the older users in order to avoid unwanted situations.
The consortium includes two secondary end-user organisations: CKPT as a caregiver and SSW as an organisation that supports primary end-users to use AAL solutions, which guarantees the involvement of primary end-users in the project in all phases and the involvement of the caregiver’s perspective in the services development.
This project aims to provide an answer to societal challenges, by providing an innovative Organisational Life Assistant (OLA), a virtual presence that supports instrumental activities relating to daily living needs of older adults, allowing them to be more independent, self-assured and to have a healthier, safer and organised life. It also facilitates caregivers by supporting them on offering high-quality assistance; OLA will mediate and facilitate interaction (communication and collaboration) between senior citizens and their informal caregivers or other services or professionals, through technological devices such as standard computers, mobile devices (tablets) and home automation modules.
Expected results and impact
OLA will promote the maintenance of older adults in what is the most comfortable environment for them: their home. This will not only benefit elderly citizens, but also their families and the community as a whole, and therefore help foster social values. The improvement of the autonomy levels will also contribute to enhance the older adult’s capabilities and will enable increased confidence, making the elderly more active in today’s society and consequently less inclined to be confined in formal healthcare providers. This will lead to a more inclusive society while helping to counter societal and economic problems that an ageing population will inevitably provoke.
Partners involved in the OLA project
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