AAL USECARE

Critical Conditions and Needs

Critical Conditions and Needs

Besides further age-related health problems chronic risks and diseases of Cared Persons ultimately lead to one or multiple terminal organ damages, such as a dysfunction of the heart, brain, kidney, lung and so to the end of life. In fact these non-communicable diseases (NCD) not only cause the vast majority of deaths in European and other middle- and high-income countries, i.e. a high number of disability-adjusted life years (DALY), but as well up to 80% of total healthcare costs.

Chronic risks as well as the onset of an ("early diagnosed") disease should and in most cases — so far except cancer — can be stabilized or even reduced by medication adherence and behaviour or “lifestyle” change. Such self-management however calls for support and continuous encouragement, not necessarily a professional but as well an informal Caregiver with a direct personal commitment.

This is why in addition of patients as primary end-user we simultaneously target informal caregivers (family, neighbours, friends) as secondary end-users, who in case of later stages of disease and physical or mental impairments of the patient might take over as his proxy(-patient).