Providing ICT-based formal and informal care at home (SENIOR-TV)
SENIOR-TV uses leading-edge technologies in the fields of interactive TV, analysing the latest trends, and having as a starting point a well-tested system, SAM-TV, which is based on non- proprietary, open technologies. As control peripherals, apart from the traditional remote control, it uses smartphones, tablets, WiiMotes and Kinect—with the possibility of integrating devices suitable to people with physical disabilities. It establishes as conditio sine qua non the low cost of the devices needed at each home. 600 euros has been determined as the maximum expenditure for each home. This envisages the possibility of using Smart TVs (meeting the technical requirements in Section 2) as an ideal option for the future. Please note that the cost of devices if the successful SAM-TV project was under 200 euros per home. It fosters informal care services, some of which were already present in SAM-TV (rehabilitation games, content targeted at older adults and caregivers, and social networks); combining them with formal care services; and linking them to the prevention of physical and cognitive deterioration, to the early detection of age-related diseases, and to the treatment of chronic illnesses. SENIOR-TV will be a holistic system that integrates, for the first time, formal and informal social care services.
It situates older adults in the centre of the design—thanks to the participation of people from the associations involved in the consortium from the early stages of the design—and, in particular, their well-being and happiness. To that end, some services will be present from the first version of SENIOR-TV: TV clients for social networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), access to daily sources of information (newspapers, events in the neighbourhood, weather, etc.), sources of entertainment and informal training (Wikipedia, YouTube, TV channels on rehabilitation); all those services will be accessible through very simple interfaces (see examples of screenshots from SAM-TV in the section before). SENIOR-TV is a system that “resides” at home, in the living room at the homes of older adults, a place that is very familiar, using a domestic appliance that has always been with them, and that now gets “smart” in order to promote their activity, avoid their physical and cognitive deterioration, and keeping them in contact with their loving ones for as long as possible.
SENIOR-TV project will design and implement a multichannel intelligent platform for offering formal and informal caregiving services to older adults that live at their own homes, with special attention being paid at active prevention, and fostering a high-quality, long, and healthy life. Results, as illustrated here bellow, clearly reflect a trend: in homes of older adults, the intelligent TV must become the central ICT hub.
7. To develop a business plan that allows for the companies involved in consortium to start marketing the product SENIOR-TV no later than one year after the finalisation of the project. All the end-user organisations involved in the consortium will take part actively in the development of the business plan—including secondary and tertiary end-user organisations. Likewise, we will use the feedback gathered during the third cycles of testing pilots and direct opinion from older adults. This line of action will start from the first month of the project.