The number of people in need of care increases constantly because of the increasing average age & quantity of people with physical limitations, especially in Europe. Also, there is manpower shortage in the care sector, which is more & more in financial straits. This is the reason why a lot of seniors will depend on their close relatives for the care needs. These people need help in overcoming the challenges they have to face and their problem is a lack of knowledge. The first confrontation with the notion of an intensive support for their family members comes often insidiously (e.g. dementia) or suddenly (e.g. stroke) trough changing life circumstances.
In such situations the relatives need solutions, orientation and support – especially to analyse their own realistic possibilities and abilities. They should have access to any information that will help them fulfill their role as informal carers and to all special training programs aimed at improving the quality of their nursing.
The innovation in our idea consists in gathering all the needed content for the top 6 care topics distributed to the informal carer on their personal trusted device (TV-set or computer) – depending on their age and preferences. In a second step we have to research in which way the content could be transformed, so that the end-user really understands it. With the TV technology we use it is possible to set up personal IP-TV-channels and feed them with their own content.
With our channel-line “YouDo – We help!” we want to help informal carers to handle their challenging task and give them the information & training they need. Every channel covers one of the six main care topics. The content will be edited, produced and distributed in cooperation with physicians and care services. The informal carers will find help for every different level of care.
Expected results and impact:
We focus on a better quality if live for both the elderly and the caregiver. The support of people who slowly drift into care for another person or who are suddenly confronted with this situation and the exchange of experiences, concerns, emotions and success in a virtual group in a social media way. YouDo connects and coordinate relatives and professional providers of care and support in a really early state of care. On the one hand to build up a network between caring relatives and on the other hand for a good cooperation to handle the increasing need of support and care.
|AIT Austrian Institute of Technology||Research||Austria||www.ait.ac.at|
|Diakonie München-Moosach||End user||Germany||www.diakonie-moosach.de|