Keeping the elderly at home and independent
After issuing its call for candidates in December last year, the Ministry of Health finally made a decision and chose the project designed by the SCS (Secure Communication Solutions) competitiveness cluster. SCS is a cluster in the PACA region, but it operates on the world scale. The candidature introduced by the SCS cluster includes Nice CHU (University Hospital Centre), a long-standing partner of CSTB in the field of keeping the elderly at home, the Limoges, Toulouse and Grenoble CHUs and other research organisations including CSTB, that has made supporting community living one of its themes for studies and research.
The challenge for the future CNR Santé à Domicile et Autonomie is enormous. Now that the number of doctors is reducing and the number of chronic pathologies is increasing, at the same time as the elderly want to and are expected to remain safely at home for as long as possible, it is time to put more energy into a networked mobilisation, to design, experiment and then a little later evaluate technical solutions for maintaining independence, living comfort, safety and support at home.
610 000 elderly persons were assisted at home in 2006, and there was a very strong increase in personal services such as nursing care, delivery of meals at home. In terms of safety, conventional emergency call pendants were not as successful as was hoped in preventing emergency situations: the elderly often put them down and forget them, particularly when they get up during the night; or they may be no longer conscious after falling and can't use them. In addition, these systems cannot contribute to prevention.
Avoiding emergency situations
The over 65s…
- Were 16.5% of the French population in 2007,
- Will be 25.5% of the French population in 2010 and 41.8% of the French population in 2050!