ModuLAAr – A Module Based and Scalable System for Silver-ager in Austria

Overview

In this research project a module based Ambient Assisted Living solution will be provided to elderly living in assisted living homes. Those products and services seek to impact quality of life of the elderly and have positive effects on their environment.

Full Title of Study: “Evaluation of ModuLAAr – a Module Based and Scalable System for Silver-ager Located in Assisted Living Homes in Austria”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: December 2015

Interventions

  • Device: The ModuLAAr Ambient Assisted Living System
    • The system consists of the following modules which will be provided to the volunteers according to their needs: tablet computer (digital photo album, video telephone, meal ordering system, reminder system), bodyweight scale, blood pressure meter, emergency call system, mobile phone (documentation of personal health-related data), bathroom surveillance system, blood glucose meter, house automation technologies/smart home technologies

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Users of ModuLAAr
    • A group of volunteers (aged 60+), living in assisted living homes, will be provided with module based technical solutions to improve their independency and quality of life.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Changes of quality of life and subjective health
    • Time Frame: 4 and 1 months before intervention. 1, 4 and 12 months after intervention
    • multidimensional outcome assessment of quality of life: Quality of life is assessed by the questionnaires of the World Health Organization (WHOQOL-BREF and WHOQOL-OLD) as well as with semi-structured qualitative interviews. Subjective health is assessed by EQ-5D VAS of the Euroqol-Organization.

Secondary Measures

  • Changes in technology acceptance and usability
    • Time Frame: 1, 12 and 18 months after intervention
    • qualitative evaluation according to the technology acceptance model (TAM) and usability questionnaire
  • Impact and changes on socio-economic parameters
    • Time Frame: 4 months before intervention. 4 and 12 months after intervention
    • user-questionnaire with socio-economic and socio-demographic parameters: (gender, income, housing conditions, level of education, level of social support, working experience, medicine intake, chronic diseases, frequency of falls, health threatening events). Semi-structured qualitative interviews using the delphi method will be conducted.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • 60 years and older
  • informed consent
  • resident of an assisted living home of the Samariterbund Burgenland Rettung und Soziale Dienste GmbH

Exclusion Criteria

  • relevant health threatening event or death
  • mini mental state score <17

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 60 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
  • Collaborator
    • Samariterbund Burgenland Rettung und Soziale Dienste GmbH
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Christian Siegel, Research Associate – AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Barbara Prazak-Aram, Mag., Principal Investigator, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

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