PhysioDom-HDIM is an innovative ICT solution that enhances living conditions for senior citizens, as well as improving the efficiency and integration of health and social care systems. The PhysioDom-HDIM system has been developed based on a small French pilot, the Reseau Vercors Sante (RVS) project, which successfully trialled the system in 50 homes and engaged with 70 health and social care professionals. The pilot was run over a two year period and delivered positive results and acceptance by its users. It now needs to be trialled on a larger scale that involves all of the players – from institutions to end-users at home.
A pre-pilot trial of the PhysioDom system was conducted with 20 participants in South Lakeland, in partnership with Age UK.
One of the participants in the pre-trial Barbara Chorley [pictured left] said “I have lost a bit of weight since using it which is a bonus. It’s keeping up with the times having health information on your TV.”
Daniel Heery, Project Manager at Cybermoor said “This is a great way for people who want to improve their diet and get more exercise, to benefit from free advice and support coming straight into their homes via their TV.”
The PhysioDom project has also been featured on BBC Radio.
Alston Healthcare is working with local partners, including Age UK, GP’s and other community health and social care providers to develop the PhysioDom system and are looking to recruit 100 people in and around Alston Moor to participate in this ground breaking trial. The trial will also run in South Lakes, led by Age UK. All you need to take part is a TV and everything else will be provided, including full training and support.
DOWNLOAD Case Studies of two of the pilot users of the system.
The project will implement a large scale pilot of the PhysioDom-HDIM system in three different European countries:
- The Netherlands
- The United Kingdom
Each of the three countries has a different way of organising their health and social care and senior citizens receive different types of assistance, but the same dietary intake monitoring will apply to all the participants in each of the pilot sites.
More and more research confirms the importance of an adequate diet and a reasonable level of physical exercise for good health and wellbeing. To address this issue, a new component will be added to the PhysioDom system – a lifestyle coaching system called Home Dietary Intake Monitoring (HDIM). This system will recommend personalised dietary and physical exercise levels based on individual’s needs and monitor their compliance with these recommendations.
The system will monitor blood pressure and pulse, as well as weight, lean/fat ratio, BMI and physical activity. The project end users will be senior citizens (aged >65) who are active, in a state of pre-frailty or frail health, dependent and/or have chronic illnesses, such as heart failure, COPD, high blood pressure, or post chemotherapy treatment.
The research is organised by a European research group which has been brought together to design, develop and test the PhysioDom system. The research group is supported by a European Union grant which is concerned with developing technology that will help senior citizens stay healthy and active.
More information is available on the PhysioDom project website, or you can download the project newsletters:
- Newsletter 4 – January 2016
- Newsletter 3 – August 2015
- Newsletter 2 – December 2014
- Newsletter 1 – July 2014