Smart Assisted Living involving Informal careGivers
(duration: 06/2013 – 06/2016 /// funding: Ambient Assisted Living)
Demographics in Western countries are changing radically. People live longer (though not necessarily healthier) lives; the average age of our population grows higher, while the size of the working population diminishes; and family structures change due to young professionals moving away from their home towns. All these shifts have major consequences for the cost and the organisation of elderly care. Elderly people prefer to live in their own home for as long as possible, but they need a lot of care and help to do so.
SALIG++ proposes a comprehensive system that uses state-of-the-art technology to re-organize self-care and informal care and to bring (in)formal caregivers and elderly people closer together.
Self-care @ home
The SALIG++ project partners will develop a modular, heterogeneous system, consisting of non-instrusive hardware such as a smart TV, wrist-worn smartphone, 3D cameras and embedded sensors, combined with posture recognition software, text-to-speech applications and learning algorithms to detect Activities of Daily Life.
This allows family members and caretakers to make sure the elderly person is OK, not just in the medical sense (monitor use of medication, fall detection) but also in a more general sense (is the elderly person still able to cook and clean? Do they get enough excersize?).
The SALIG++ systems supports bidirectional awareness and interaction: the 3D cameras and TV can be used to be virtually 'present' in the home of the elderly. This allows family members and caretakers to have close, personal interaction with their parent/client, even at a distance. The system will be given a very intuitive interface so it is easy to use by elderly people (eg: clicking a picture of their son on the smart TV initiates a video call).
The project partners envisions a service model that consist of various stakeholders: the major care organizations (who install and maintain the SALIG++ system), formal caregivers (home care nurses, medical professionals) and a network of informal caregivers (family, friends, neighbours, volunteers).
The elderly care consumer can extend their own informal network as far as they like, even internationally (eg for seasonal relocation to a summer or winter house). SALIG++ will also contain a community management module, allowing different (in)formal caretakers to plan and coordinate their tasks amongst themselves.
Users may decide for themselves which information they want to share with their caretakers. For instance, a relatively young and healthy person may only want to use fall detection to warn the emergency services when they take a fall, while a more forgetful user may want to be reminded to take their medication, do their exercizes and turn off the stove.
Almende will be most actively involved in the "Awareness and Well-Being Support Applications" work package. This WP involves using various sensors and cameras to track elderly people indoors and to recognize activities (cooking, cleaning, sleeping) and events (fall detection). 3D-modeling will be used to visualize these detected activities to caretakers.
SALIG++ Midterm review on the 5th of March in Brussels
SALIG++ helps the elderly live independently