SUSI TD – More Quality of Life thanks to IT
The project SUSI TD – “Safety and Support for Senior Citizens through Integration of Technology and Services” – makes an important contribution to helping elderly people lead autonomous lives and enjoy quality of life: Using a new sensor and communications technology, a pilot project performed in collaboration with Fraunhofer ITWM and dip (Deutsches Institut für angewandte Pflegeforschung e.V.; German Institute of Applied Nursing Research) in 16 apartments of senior citizens in the area of Trier/Trier-Saarburg tested how residents’ physical helplessness can be detected on time in the case of an emergency. The project was complemented by preventive counseling. The Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Demography of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate funded the evaluation of the “SUSI TD” assistance program in the context of the future-oriented program “Health and Care – 2020”. This allowed a final evaluation of this successful pilot project to be performed over the course of another seven months in 2014. The focus was now on issues related to the effects and to the cost effectiveness of the integration of modern ambient assisted living technologies and on the system’s acceptance by its users. SUSI TD combines competencies in the areas of health technologies, care science, and socio-economics to develop a viable care concept for the future.