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RIW_PARA_A116 Versatile Rehabilitation for Older People in Finland


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A116 Versatile Rehabilitation for Older People in Finland

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RIW_PARA_A116 Versatile Rehabilitation for Older People in Finland

  2. 2. © MIINA SILLANPÄÄN SÄÄTIÖ The Wisdom at Senior Citizen’s Home The Wisdom at Senior Citizen’s home was a two-year (2014-2016) research and development project. The aims of the project were: 1) to develop a rehabilitation service concept for senior citizens 2) to implement user participation methods in the development 3) to pilot technology assisted rehabilitation as part of the project. The project consortium consisted of Miina Sillanpää Foundation, Wilhelmiina Services Ltd., Nordic Health Care Group Ltd., The City of Helsinki, The municipality of Sipoo, FIRA Ltd. and Wellbeing Finland Ltd. The project was funded by Tekes - The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.
  3. 3. © MIINA SILLANPÄÄN SÄÄTIÖ Participants • The research was based on practice research methodology. • The participants of the project consisted of two subgroups: home care customers (n=21) and elderly people who received only home care support services (n=20). • The home care customers had individualized assessment, the 12 weeks individual rehabilitation period and guidance from the home care personnel. • Home care support service customers had individualized assessment, the 12 weeks individual rehabilitation period and group rehabilitation.
  4. 4. © MIINA SILLANPÄÄN SÄÄTIÖ Methods The individualized assessment consisted of SPPB and EuroHIS-8 • Functional capacity was measured by using Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) • Quality of life was evaluated by EuroHIS-8 • The technology applied in the research project consisted of activity trackers and virtual group meetings. • User experience data was collected with semi-structured interviews and structured questionnaires. • The user experience was also collected from the customer panels.
  5. 5. © MIINA SILLANPÄÄN SÄÄTIÖ Findings • The physical activity (SPPB) and quality of life (EuroHIS-8) improved during the 12 weeks rehabilitation period in both groups. • Elderly people who had individual rehabilitation period and attended group rehabilitation showed more improvement in the SPPB and EuroHIS-8 compared to those who only did the rehabilitation at home with the help of home care personnel. • The activity trackers produced moderately well information about the development of the daily activity.
  6. 6. © MIINA SILLANPÄÄN SÄÄTIÖ Conclusions • It is possible to improve the physical activity of the elderly people with the individual rehabilitation period. • The best results are achieved by the combination of an individual rehabilitation period and the group rehabilitation. • The technology offers new possibilities, but there is still need for further development in order to meet better the needs of the elderly people.
  7. 7. Thank you! Anne Rahikka