Val-net: development of a care network prototype for the improvement of therapy compliance to prevent falling in elderly people with a higher risk of falling and living at home
- Artevelde University College Ghent - Bachelor Course in Ergotherapy
- BAF- Brabants Apothekers Forum (Brabant Pharmacists' Forum)
- Fall and Fracture Prevention Expertise Center Flanders
- Kinesitherapeutische Kring (Physiotherapy Circle) Leuven
- KULeuven - Academic Center for General Practice
- KULeuven -Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences
- KULeuven - Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine - Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology
- KULeuven - Department of Social Healthcare and First-Line Response - Center for Hospital and Nursing Science
- Vlaams ergotherapeutenverbond vzw (Flemish Federation of Occupational Therapists npo)
- Wit-Gele Kruis Flemish Brabant npo | Provincial Secretariat
The objective of project VAL-net is to develop a platform that ensures an increase in therapy compliance regarding the advice the person has been given. Increased therapy compliance must drastically decrease the number of fall incidents among the elderly, and thereby also injures sustained as a result.
Through the VAL-net platform, an increased follow-up of advice given by the fall clinic to the elderly with fall problems will improve the effectiveness of this advice. Specifically, the developed VAL-net platform is a platform in which digital instruments are available to both the elderly persons and the care providers. These instruments have multiple objectives:
The first instrument creates the possibility of perfecting the advice. Structural client-orientation must, on the one hand, increase advice relevance and, on the other hand, create the possibility of prioritizing the various advices that have been provided. The second instrument offers the possibility of educating both the elderly and the care providers regarding fall prevention in a pleasant as well as scientifically-based manner. The third instrument provides the care giver with feedback regarding the elderly person's therapy compliance. By automating the communication between the elderly person and the care provider on the one hand, and among the care providers on the other hand, therapy compliance in both the elderly person and the care provider is stimulated and followed-up more closely.
The VAL-net coach moderates the use of this platform and ensures that fall advice is applied and followed-up correctly.
The VAL-net project is carried out on the InnovAGE platform. The Fall Clinic at the University Hospital in Leuven collaborates with the regional service center of the Christian Health Insurance Fund region Leuven and Pyxima, a company that manufactures software with added social value. An extensive network including the professional groups of care providers involved, first-line organizations, and knowledge centers supports the project.