The action plan of the CIP-ICT objective “ICT for ageing well/independent living” as well as AAL programme is to enhance the quality of life of older people and strengthen the industrial base in Europe through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).
The motivation for those new activities is in the demographic change and ageing in Europe, which implies not only challenges but also opportunities for the citizens, the social and healthcare systems as well as industry and the European market. The aim is to:
- extend the time people can live in their preferred environment by increasing their autonomy, self-confidence and mobility,
- support maintaining health and functional capability of senior citizens,
- promote a better and healthier lifestyle for individuals at risk,
- enhance the security, prevent social isolation and support the multifunctional network around the individual,
- support carers, families and care organisations, and
- increase the efficiency and productivity of used resources in the ageing societies.
The idea is realised through innovative products, services and systems for ageing well at home, in the community and at work, thus improving the quality of life, autonomy, participation in social life, skills and employability of senior citizens and people with disabilities, all of which should contribute to a reduction in the costs of health and social care.
The ageing population is one of the most important challenges faced by governments at local, regional, national and European levels. Particularly, the healthcare services and social services are facing a great challenge in providing efficient and high quality services to the increasing number of elderly people, especially those with chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Chronic Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or Dementia. The use of information and communication tools may effectively help to meet these challenges.
Most elderly people wish to live in their own home for as long as possible and elderly people who live at home are also known to maintain a better physical and mental condition for longer and have a higher quality of life overall. However, for many elderly people who are frail or chronically ill it is extremely important to feel comfortable and secure at home. The inCASA solution is precisely aimed at providing the necessary and appropriate support to enable frail elderly to live at home, thus improving their quality of life.
Assistive and health care technologies and services, as those offered by inCASA, can be very beneficial to the elderly; monitoring chronic conditions at home thus providing better and more convenient care, providing new and easy ways of being socially connected, or offering remote control of electronic devices in the home.