OPENCARE: Emergent Technologies for the Care of Older Adults in Residential Facilities
The residential care sector is assuming in Italy an increasingly prominent role, as a consequence of the rapid growth in demand for long-term care caused by the rapid ageing of the population. This pressure is determining a clearly recognized need for innovative solutions to tackle with long term health related issues. This paper presents a recently kicked-off research and development project, named OPENCARE, that aims to improve efficiency and efficacy of care processes in the residential facilities. Following a participatory design approach, many aspects of innovations are detected, in particular by providing a transparent access to the health and status data related to the residents, not only to the care staff for routine management, but also to families and relatives.
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