StuDi – Safe living for Senior Citizens

“STuDi – Smart Home Technology and Services for Independent Living at Home” is a telematics project in collaboration with the German Institute for Applied Care Research in support of autonomous life for elderly people. With the help of modern sensor and communication technology in the home, deviations from the usual activities of daily life or situations of helplessness can be detected rapidly and support can be provided fast. Particularly for medical and nursing care it is important to realize that increasing digitalization and social interaction can support each other and do not contradict each other: In a predecessor project, “Ambient Assisted Living” technologies were installed in 24 senior citizen households in the areas of Trier and Trier- Saarburg in 2012 already. The technology was complemented by preventive counseling and home visits by staff from nursing care centers and was assessed very positively by the test persions. “STuDi” shall now help to create the conditions for large-scale implementation in a professional, age-appropriate assistance system for permanent usage. Additional regions in Rhineland-Palatinate are to be included and technical improvements as well as nursing care and health care related counseling concepts shall be integrated.