New assisted living technology plays an important role in Denmark’s elderly care. Elderly people in Denmark are very willing to adopt new technology, as long as it is easily available and clearly improves their quality of life.
Supporting citizens in remaining self-sufficient and independent is an important element of Danish healthcare for the elderly and the disabled. Enabling people to live an independent and empowered life optimizes well-being and results in significant savings in the medical care sector. With technological support schemes and empowering initiatives, citizens can stay in their own home for as long as possible.
Therefore, Danish municipalities and hospitals in the regions are increasingly implementing a range of innovative technologies that support citizens in their daily routines, keeping them connected, physically active, and safe. Innovative solutions can both help improve the quality of life for elderly citizens as well as support healthcare professionals in creating an efficient, coherent and high-quality framework for care, rehabilitation, and prevention. The solutions include anything from simple smart-sensor devices and other assisted living technologies to advanced telehealth solutions and digital communication platforms. With the necessary support and guidance, elderly citizens can remotely draw the curtains, set the kitchen worktop at the right height, and operate a hoist to get themselves into bed.
A new digital incontinence-aid system, Abena Nova, helps ensure individualized continence care for elderly citizens in nursing homes. It looks and feels like a regular incontinence product but has built-in sensors to collect data in real-time. Caregivers are able to view the data via an app, which frees up time for other care tasks due to fewer unnecessary diaper changes. At the same time, the elderly citizens experience higher quality of care and reduced infection risk.
Denmark is a leading nation within the field of research and innovative new technology. However, it can be a great challenge to transform research and innovation into implementable solutions. That is why a unique Living Lab concept for testing new ideas has been developed with the objective to speed up the process from research to implementation.
Watch video about the innovative Danish Living Lab concepts.