TECHNOLOGY IN ELDERLY CARE FINLAND
TECHNOLOGY IN ELDERLY CARE
FINLAND
Perälä Sami, Executive director
South Ostrobothnia Health Technological Development Centre
Date: 11th JUNE
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Regional development organisation
Adapts ICT technology in the social and health care sector
Works on non-profit basis
Funded in 1997
9 staff members
Members:
◦ Anvia Plc
◦ City of Seinäjoki
◦ South Ostrobothnia Health Care District
◦ South Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce
◦ Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences
◦ LähiTapiola (insurance company)
◦ JIK municipality district
◦ Kaksineuvoinen municipality district
◦ Suupohja municipality district
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Project coordination:
◦ Several health technology projects related to homecare support and
independent living
◦ Previous projects: E-health, Eeva, Kotipesä, Kulkurinvalssi, Hyvinvointialan
Living Lab, TUPA
Videoconferencing services:
◦ EPTEK has coordinated videoconferencing operations in Seinäjoki Central
Hospital since 1997
◦ Daily connections with university hospitals and regional primary health
centres
Assisted living technologies:
◦ Support to citizens to choose the right technologies to enable independent
living as long as possible
◦ Consultations and education/training services
Kotihoitorobotin kehittäminen (“Development of a homecare robot”) (03/2011 – 06/2012)
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Project was lead by Tampere University of Technology and funded by TEKES
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EPTEK participated the project as a consultant on home care technologies and installations regarding
NAO robot
Hyvinvointialan Living Lab (“Wellbeing Living Lab”) (12/2009 – 04/2012)
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Transregional project was carried out in Western Finland
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A multidimensional workgroup model for supporting the elderly living at home was developed
Kulkurin valssi (03/2008 - 08/2010)
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Project aimed at finding solutions to the wandering of demented persons living independently at home.
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Main objective was to enable safe independent living through access controls and social safety
networks also in remote locations.
Kotipesä (09/2006 – 10/2007)
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“The nest” project guided personnel of municipalities and service & technology companies to
understand better the life of a demented person, and to develop and adapt technologies to support
independent life at home.
Eeva (09/2004 – 02/2006)
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“Eeva” project created individual safety networks to support demented person’s independent living in
familiar environment at home. Also caregivers were supported through safety networks.
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The project also tested usage of technical safety solutions in the daily life of demented persons.
Project details:
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Area: Regions of Alavus, Kauhava, Lapua, Seinäjoki and Ähtäri (South Ostrobothnia,
Finland)
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Duration: 05/2012-12/2014
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Leader: EPTEK
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Funding: ERDF
Multiprofessional homecare support (KAT) groups:
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Consist of various municipal actors (e.g. elderly care director, home care director and
nurse, memory nurse, social instructor, and project worker)
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Groups address the challenges that senior citizens are facing at home (each customer
case is discussed separately)
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Aim is to find the best support solution to each case in order to enable independent
living as long as possible
1. Home care worker
notices challenges related
to living at home
2. She reports them to a
KAT group member
1 time/
month
5. Chosen solution supports
customer’s life at home.
Customer’s case is followed and if
necessary, discussed again later
on.
4. KAT group attempts to find a good
solution to the situation. They find
out customer’s own opinion,
organise the funding and delegate
tasks to correct persons
3. KAT group member
informs the challenge to the
multiprofessional KAT group
TECHNOLOGIES
Examples of challenges within the home:
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Sun downing
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Switching on electronics (e.g. stove)
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Cannot understand fire alarm
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Cannot use telephone
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Doesn’t remember to take medication
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Thief's, sellers
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Forgets to eat and drink
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Falling down
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Cannot press alarm button or get help
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Loneliness
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Need for services
Examples of challenges outside the home:
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Loosing direction / not finding way back home
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Don’t remember traffic regulations -> walks on red lights
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Cannot take care of him/herself
Wrist alarm
Door alarm
Pill alarm
Fire alarm
Fallingdown alarm
Motion sensor
Carpet alarm
Stove alarm
Bed alarm
Epilepsy alarm
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SAFETY PHONE
GSM MODULE OR MODEM
DSTN/GSM
SERVICE CENTER
FAMILY
RELATIVES
HELPERS
WHOLE PROCESS FOR HELP HAS TO WORK
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Wireless
Alarms like a normal fire alarm
Alarms via telecare
Can alarm straight to a service center or for example to the
neighbors
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Alarms when the person steps on the carpet
Can be installed e.g. beside the bed
Timer (works e.g. from 10pm to 6am)
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Bed alarm installed below the mattress
Timer (works e.g. from 10pm to 6am.)
System knows when a person lies down in bed
and alarms if s/he gets off and doesn’t come
back e.g. within 20 minutes
Alarms via telecare
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Alarms when person opens the door
Timer
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Carpet safe / motion control unit
and door magnet working together
System knows and alarms when
person goes out
Delay: one can go out but if s/he doesn’t
come back in the set time, system
sends an alarm
Alarms via telecare
Home care unit and others can
come and go without alarm if they
press the bypass button
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Dispenser
Clock
Timer: possibility to program the dispenser
to alarm when the pills should be taken
Voice
Turn around / accept
Possibility to take only one portion at once
◦ Safebed monitoring staying at bed, sleeping, heart
beating
◦ 3G cloud service
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Installation e.g. at the entrance of home
Alarms when person opens the door
Wireless system
It’s possible to take the alarm system for example beside the
bed
Timer (e.g. working only at night time)
Volume control
Programmable
Big light
Small light
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Switches off the stove automatically
Two choices:
◦ Time control
◦ Temperature control
Alarms via telecare
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Digital calender
Screen:
◦ Night / Day
◦ Date
Different models
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GSM system
Sends MMS pictures to phone or email
One can request MMS picture from the camera by text
message
Motion sensor
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GSM system
Personal safety equipment
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GPS system
Alert button
2-way communication
Call center
Radio frequency base
Clock display
Charge unit
THANK YOU!
Sami Perälä
Executive director, EPTEK
sami.perala@eptek.fi
+358 44 332 2270
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