A new paradigm in caring for the elderly at home
The progressive aging of the population is a fact in Western societies. 2018 was the first year in history in which the number of people over the age of 65 surpassed that of children under the age of five. In addition, the UN estimates that by 2050, 25% of the inhabitants of the West will be over 65 years old. It is also estimated that the number of people aged 80 or over will triple, from 143 million in 2019 to 426 in 2050.
Achieving an acceptable quality of life for the elderly , in which autonomy and well-being prevail, must be a fundamental objective of all the agents involved in the care and health care of society, from the ethical point of view, functional, social and economic. We are risking the sustainability of the system and the quality of life of a large sector of the population, which is going to grow in the coming years.
In this context, Orkesta was born. Its objective is to facilitate, through the use of accessible technology adapted to the needs of the elderly, a new paradigm of integrated care in the home itself . In contrast to the current reactive model, Orkesta proposes a proactive system, which anticipates the appearance of possible problems, allowing the agents involved in the care of the elderly to carry out a more exhaustive monitoring of their health and psychosocial status.
The early detection of physical, emotional or mental deterioration, together with the possibility of transferring medical care to one's own home, makes it possible to prevent or delay serious deterioration. In this way, the elderly person can enjoy a better quality of life for more years, while avoiding hospitalizations or admissions to residences, with all the economic and social cost that they entail.
The Orkesta project is subsidized by the Hazitek program to support Business R&D promoted by Spri , together with the Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and the Environment of the Basque Government. It is made up of eleven of the most important companies and institutions in the Basque technological, social and socio-health fields: ALCAD Electronics, Caser Residencial, Eurohelp consulting, Teknei, TESA ASSA ABLOY, Asuncion Klinika, Gureak, Ingetek, Vicomtech, UPV/EHU and APT.