REHAB@home will enable elderly people to enjoy high quality rehabilitation after a stroke for a much longer period than the Health System can currently afford. REHAB@home will investigate and use standard hardware components and devices. They have to be suitable for medical data processing algorithms.
REHAB@home will provide personalized and serious-games based rehabilitation pathways. Web2.0 social and communication tools will be developed as an efficient, effective and engaging virtual rehabilitation environment for home-based rehabilitation.
REHAB@home aims at the user-centred design and development of the open solution.
REHAB@home will transform the patient’s home in a place where physical and cognitive rehabilitation process can be performed in an intensive and engaging though properly controlled way, while promoting social inclusion and quality of life.
REHAB@home is intended as an advanced activity. It involves highly qualified medical and technical partners, as well as real patients investigating the issues related to long-term physical/cognitive rehabilitation processes.
Stroke affects everybody differently, and it is difficult to say how much of a recovery is possible. Many stroke survivors experience the most dramatic recovery during their stay in hospital in the weeks after their stroke. But many stroke survivors continue to improve over a longer time, sometimes over a number of years. The goal of rehabilitation is to help survivors become as independent as possible and to attain the best possible quality of life.
Rehabilitation does not "cure" stroke; it does not reverse brain damage. High quality rehabilitation however is essential to regain many – if not all – capabilities to lead a meaningful, fulfilling and even productive life. We aim at a cost effective and not bulky infrastructure with sensors integrated.
This infrastructure will collect relevant physical and medical parameters for patients’ status inspection and relapse prevention. It will support off- and on-line management and monitoring of the rehabilitation protocol, promote patient’s social participation and community building.
REHAB@home aims at dealing with the issue of rehabilitation from a 360° wide perspective. A remote healthcare computational architecture will be provided based on distributed smart sensors (first processing layer) and personalized physiological assistive and intelligent algorithms integrated in a multilevel physiological human model (second processing layer).
The REHAB@home project expects to achieve the following outcomes:
REHAB@home will provide new IT business opportunities in the field of home rehabilitation and enable new services to be deployed by rehabilitation centres.
REHAB@home is expected to decrease the costs for treating common elderly diseases. REHAB@home will enable active and healthy ageing through effective and engaging rehabilitation as well as social inclusion and community building.
REHAB@home supports the working environment in hospitals and rehabilitation units reducing private/dedicated transportation to/from rehabilitation facilities.