Europe faces the problem of not only having an aging population, but also a decreasing group of formal carers. CareInMovement (CiM) tackles this challenge and innovates the way we think about care of the elderly by using advanced ICT. On the one hand, it aims at increasing the number of carers and building up a sustainable care community by mobilizing and empowering volunteers and family carers. And on the other hand, it supports the care recipients’ side to prolong independent living by maintaining the current health status through enhancing everyday life activities by proposing individually tailored motion activities.
The CiM approach is technologically supported by two complementary services: ‘a virtual motion coach’ and a ‘virtual empowerment coach’. The ‘virtual motion coach’ enhances everyday life activities with individual exercises and training challenges for the elderly. It aims to empower older people with chronic health conditions to monitor their own abilities. The ‘virtual empowerment coach’ facilitates and improves collaboration between formal and informal carers. It realizes information exchange between carers by using common nursing language adapted to informal care and provides education opportunities. CiM will be tested within two care regimes in Austria and Italy for 8 consecutive months with at care recipients, family members, volunteers and formal carers in each country. Additionally, a control group in each country will be established. To reach high usability and technology acceptance, so called ‘lead users’ are recruited in the beginning of the project. They are involved in all project phases e.g. gathering user requirements, development of training concepts, user interface design and field trial preparation.
Expected Results and Impact
CiM involves its users in meaningful activities that contribute to improve their personal health conditions. Vitality and physical well-being may be enhanced and ideally CiM positively impacts on people’s mental well-being as well. The extension of care communities by the integration of volunteers relieves family carers. They are able to better manage stress and reduce the negative impact of care activities. Further CiM enables social care organizations to organize care more effectively and efficiently. The roadmap for market launch will be implemented within one year after project end.
Duration of the project
1/10/2015 – 30/9/2018