Introduction

Advanced Support for Independent Living; Human LifeCycle Approach in Senior Housing (LILY) is a cooperative project which objective is to create a sustainable senior-centered system for a comprehensive innovative management of the independence and participation in ‘Self-serve Society’ in the elderly via advanced ICT.

Human Life Cycle in this context means the time period of a person from age 55+ years, often called third age (P Laslett 1996)3, to old age considered in the housing context. Although the third age is not conditional on the calendar age but on the personal preferences, yet the age limit is set as 50, 55 or sometimes 60. While the third age is defined as an active, healthy and independent life after retirement, old age is considered to be the time, when a person needs the continuous help of another person as a result of the retardation of the functional ability, which usually starts around 75-80 years. This Life Cycle model will include: a) the user’s vision, needs and expectancies of benefits of using ICT solutions; b) technological prototypes of AAL Solutions, i.e. the LILY products & services; c) the user experience, validation and acceptance of using LILY solutions; d) the business models for a sustainable implementation in wide scale.

LILY addresses the objectives of the Call focusing on the improvement of the quality of life, autonomy, participation in social life, skills and employability through a transportable adapted home environment for a self serve of daily living activities. This is relevant since individual choices and personalization is difficult to access for older people that are unmotivated or with no familiarity with technology. LILY aims at putting the technology at the service of three dimensions of users: the single individual older persons, persons in direct contact with their professional care and social workers as well as family members, together with the institutions and private organisations paying and enabling services that are public sector, social security or insurance companies. Eight fundamental needs are identified: Preserve and enhance independence in house activity with task assistance, Stimulate and support the capacities (ie: mobility, physical and cognitive), Take his own environment with him in travel to feel at home every way (ie: long vacation, hospital), Take active part in the self-serve society by acceding to an adapted product and e-service market place, Improve skills by education and prevention.

LILY will prototype products and services attending these needs. Pre-industrial prototypes of the products, validated in 2 pilot sites will be available at the end of the project. Time to market is one year with a horizon of 5 years of evolution to a blockbuster and creation of new product families, which would represent a market of 100+ M€. The expected benefits: for older persons, the increase of the quality of life, independent living and better decision taking ability. For the helpers: communication efficiency, increase cost-benefit standards. For the SMEs and service providers: advanced products demanded by users and a big market opportunity. The consortium + associated are composed by users (2+1), SMEs (3+1) and R&D (3) from 4 countries.

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