WeTakeCare will develop an interactive and multi-modal system for the training on ADL, built mainly on software solutions running on off-the-shelf hardware equipment. System functionalities will be: (i) gestural controlled ADL exercises with Kinect (ii) web platform with courses, workshops and links to main care-giving blogs, forums and social networks and (iii) general functionalities as agenda & reminders, communication and TV control. The aimed target users are the persons, aged 50+, presenting an initial loss of capabilities and/or having a light to moderate physical disability and their caregivers.
WeTakeCare will be introducing their voice in the stages of definition of requirements, the concept and product development as well as in the different validations. This will ensure a functional and easy to use device, guaranteeing product acceptance and future market penetration.
The WeTakeCare project aims to empower the collaborative caring and training between the older person and the non-professional carer, in order to promote the independent living of the older person. Hence, the autonomous performance of Activities of the Daily Living (ADL) by the older person will be encouraged while training and supporting the caregiver in the provision of care, improving the quality of the provided care as well as safeguarding their own physical, physiological and occupational health. This project will integrate the end-users in the development of an interactive and multi-modal system for the training of ADL.
Expected results and impact:
There are 10-21 M older people with a light or moderate physical limitation hampering the autonomous performance of ADLs. It is estimated that 70% of the dependent older population solely receive informal care. The uptake of ADL by the non-professional carer leads to an overload of activities to perform, thus affecting negatively the physical and psychological health of the caregiver. WeTakeCare will address the specific assistance needs of older people in maintaining their autonomy in performing ADLs, as well as supporting their caregivers.
|Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia||R&D||Spain||www.ibv.org|
|Centro de Producción Multimedia para la Televisión Interactiva S.L.||SME||Spain||www.cpmti.es|
|Kaasa health GmbH||SME||Germany||kaasahealth.com|
|Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften||R&D||Switzerland||www.gesundheit.zhaw.ch/en/health-professions-g|
|Vereinigung aktiver Senioren- und Selbsthilfe-Organisationen der Schweiz||End-User Association||Switzerland||www.vasos.ch|
Coordinator: Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV)
Duration: 36 Months
Starting Date: 01 May 2013
Total budget: 1.746.741,00 €
Public contribution: 995.007,10 €
Rakel Poveda Puente
Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Edificio 9C.
Camino de Vera s/n. 46022 (Valencia) España
Tel: +34 96 387 91 60