The project

Nowadays, it is a fact that Europe is ageing. A common characteristic of elders is the frequent occurrence of either physical or mild cognitive impairments. This situation brings new challenges in how to improve the independence and quality of life of elderly people and promote their good health in different ways. 

The ehcoBUTLER project addresses this challenge by developing an ICT technological platform with both leisure and care apps. The project has two main objectives

  • Demonstrate the socio-economic benefits from the deployment of several innovative and user led ICT pilot projects based on different business models in order to be able to translate promising results into scalable practice across Europe.
  • Create an ICT social and e-health technological platform to assist seniors with cognitive impairment and promote health, satisfaction and personal wellbeing with different intervention levels.

For many people ageing comes with physical or mild cognitive impairments. The main objective of the project is to demonstrate the socio-economic benefits from the deployment of an ICT social and e-health technological platform that enables older people to simply integrate their leisure and care apps. The project aims to assist seniors with cognitive impairment and promote health, satisfaction and personal wellbeing with different intervention levels. Another ehcoBUTLER project aim is to assist people to stay active, healthy and independent, and keep up a good quality of life. The ehcoBUTLER platform also helps family, caregivers and social care systems to share information on the activities, conditions and moods of those they care about. Finally it also provides a trusted ecosystem for apps providers.

The ehcoBUTLER platform hosts social and health apps that regard older people’s daily living activities and promote healthy behaviours. It helps to optimize their physical, social and mental health through leisure activities, clinical guidelines and a disease-oriented agenda. Thereby it counters the most common reasons for nursing home or residence-admittance: isolation, cognitive and physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours

ehcoBUTLER will demonstrate the socio-economic benefits from ICT pilot projects with real users, including how the platform can help translate promising results into scalable practice across Europe. To that end the ehcoBUTLER platform will be tested in 7 countries on 8 pilot sites, with different business cases, assessing their returns of investment as well as social returns on investment, including profitability, health care cost reduction and increased independence and quality of life. Countries involved are Italy, France, Serbia, Israel, Greece, Spain and the Netherlands.

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