VICINITY project at the journal of the municipality of Pilea- Hortiatis
The main case was to inform the residents of the municipality about the actions of the VICINITY project and demonstrate how sensors, actuators and integrated communication devices installed at home can provide assisted living at home environment. In order to present it, we visited the first eldery woman who had all of the devices installed in her house, Ms Aggeliki, and outlined the significance of the panic button and the sensors in her daily life.
The VICINITY project was presented through an article in the monthly journal of the Municipality of Pilea- Hortiatis, pointing out the new municipal structure that aims at prevention, health promotion, mobilization and orientation in health facilities. The visit to Ms Aggeliki's home, was the ideal way to describe to the citizens how stress- free her life has become, due to the security the installations are offering her.
The main case were the “panic button”, the sensors and the smart appliances that made Ms Aggeliki feel more comfortable in her own home, while providing information that would allow the evaluation and monitoring of the citizens’ health status. Also, the importance of the project and the aid the eldery get, were highlighted by describing how they are provided with a direct means of communication with a 24-hours call centre with specialist staff in case assistance is needed.
Through the article about the VICINITY project, the Municipality of Pilea- Hortiatis demonstrated to the public how sensors, actuators and integrated communication devices installed at home can provide assisted living to elderly people and people with long-terms needs. Additionally, it was pointed out the importance of the specialized staff provided to the eldery, and also the free prescriptions the doctor is able to write to his patients, regardless of the health insurance capacity they have.