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Examples of Good Practices

PROGRESSIVE explores standards in the context of information and communication technology (ICT) products and services with a focus on empowering older people in fields that relate to their active and healthy ageing. These fields include e.g. aspects of older people's lifestyles or work, digital literacy, use of telehealth and telecare, general health, and concordance with medication-taking and treatments. The examples of good practices (use cases) highlight the importance of standards and interoperability to make those product and services beneficial and useful to the community at large and instrumental to avoiding barriers that could exclude older people from societal live.

My Home Fits

My Home Fits (Mijn Huis Op Maat) is a platform that provides advise about getting older and living independently in one’s own home.

Mijn Huis op Maat
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Homes and dwellings are important aspects of ensuring that older adults age well. Moving from institutional care to community-based care makes the adaption of older adults' dwelling-places even more pressing.
Interoperability and Standards: Homes/dwellings contain many different devices and gadgets; it is crucial that these can co-operate to make an older person's life as comfortable, easy and flexible as possible.

French Red Cross - GPS bracelets

Quality of life of persons suffering from dementia and as well as of their carers can be improved by  using geolocation services. GPS "bracelets" report actual position on demand.

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GPS can be an important technology that can operate well with people who may have a tendency to become lost or to wander out alone; in this case, the example is pertinent to people with Alzheimer’s disease or with various conditions of dementia.In September 2016, the French Red Cross partnered with Bluelinea, an operator of connected lifestyle devices supporting dependent older persons in their homes, to provide persons with Alzheimer’s disease with a service based on GPS bracelet (Bluegard) with the aim to improve autonomy and well-being of people with dementia and support caring relatives. The bracelet is connected to a contact and search platform operating 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. A person lost can located on demand.

Networked Living in the Neighbourhood

The initiative VWIQ set up a pilot flat where altogether 62 people stayed as inhabitants for periods of one day to two weeks. The initiative received funding from the European Regional Development Fund. VWIQ has served as the foundation and pilot for AGQua, a permanent smart housing programme of the City of Hamburg (cf. link)

Networked Living in the Neighbourhood
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Sixty thousand citizens in the city of Hamburg already need some form of assistance or nursing care. Most of them prefer to stay in their own home and the familiar neighbourhood environment where they have lived for most of their lives. The system VWIQ that was trialled is based on smart home technology, ambient assisted living support systems, and neighbourhood services. The smart home technology created 'easy living' by including home automation, and electronic control of household appliances as well as doors, windows, and blinds. The support systems involved fall detection, social alarms, motion/activity sensors, an automatic barcode ordering system, and a smart laundry service.
The images shows the of the smart home technology through a central screen with a touch function.

Supporting patients' self-management of chronic conditions at home

The service Florence supports chronically ill patients by providing ICT-enabled health monitoring at home. The service sends individual health advice via all mobile platforms.

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Telemedicine provided as telemonitoring can be an effective add-on tool in the hands of patients and medical experts for the self-management of patients with, for example, heart failure or diabetes.
Florence is an established and clinically approved service that supports people with taking medication and reporting signs that relate to their health and well-being. Florence was developed within the national health service (NHS) in various parts of the United Kingdom with a focus on self-care. Florence supports telehealth services by three basic functionalities: 1) Collecting Patient Readings,  2) Informing clinicians about the readings. Clinicians in turn can set Florence to alert patients as needed. 3) Sending automatic alerts, personalised health tips and medication reminders to patients via mobile platforms.

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