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Smart Homes: Hamburg Showcases Solutions For An Aging Population

How could a city provide an aging population with health and care services while also improving the opportunities for a self-determined and independent lifestyle of elderly people? Hamburg's answer: Internet-based solutions.

One of the key potentials is to improve the delivery of services to consumers within their own habitation. Achieving these improvements thus requires combining smart home systems, other IT and traditional service delivery into effective and efficient smart home services. A possible solution has been examined and tested in Hamburg in the past due years in the frame of the “networked home in the neighborhood” project, which included, among other things, the design and implementation of a model apartment.

Meeting daily challenges with the help of the Internet

Today, 16 October, all project partners will display their results at the official final presentation that will be inaugurated by Hamburg’s Minister of Health, Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks. “Demographic change alters the requirements for life and living in Hamburg.The “networked home in the neighborhood” project impressively shows how new residential and care services may be provided in future when innovative ideas meet the desires and needs of older people”, said Cornelia Prüfer-Storck, Hamburg’s Minister of Health. The project partners – University of Hamburg, Care & Housing Ltd., Pro Shop AG and Q-Data-Services GmbH and the Health Economy Hamburg GmbH as project co-ordinator – thus set up a model apartment with technical assistance systems and complemented it by a web-based service platform. Both should support and enable elderly people to be able to live as long as possible in a familiar environment and maintain their independence.

Practice tests for assistance systems

In the past months, the assistance systems and the service platform havd been tested and evaluated by test residents. Moreover, an advisory board with experts from the Hamburg Care Society, the Medical Association, the country’s senior advisory council, housing associations VNW Hamburg and BFW National Association North as well as partners from science assisted and advised the project, which was funded by the European Union and the Hamburg Ministry for Health and Consumer Protection.

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