Recent news about the Care Living Labs, its platforms and their projects

Flanders Care Living Labs is an instrument for designing care innovations and bringing them onto the market more quickly.

If you want to enjoy lifelong housing, an efficient home with smart provisions will be crucial. The city of Aalst built a test home that combines innovative processes and techniques with modern design. It also offers the unique possibility to experience future housing for people over 65 during a short stay. Living lab experts from iMinds are overseeing the flat's user experience research. The Pro DoMo test home is a project of Ageing in Place Aalst (AIPA), one of the Flemish Care Living Labs.

A first in the Care Living Labs. On July 9, the experimental project Topshake was completed successfully. This is the first completed Care Living Labs project.

Seniors are enthusiastic about the co-creation sessions where they can share their needs and experiences.

Substantive comparison of the platforms and projects of the Care Living Labs Flanders. Study of the KIO - Knowledge Platform for Innovation in Eldercare. KIO is an inter-university and colleges consortium with multi-disciplinary and methodological expertise within the field of elderly care. The consortium is coordinated by the research group - OPIH of the VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (M. Leys).

Feedback requested on ICT-based solutions for people with MCI/dementia, informal carers and professionals

AIPA en VOKA stellen deuren open voor ondernemers via nieuwe call.

Information booklet Internet-of Things Care living lab AIPA

The digital health accelerator Rock Health (USA) tracks investment in the space, and has just released its fourth quarter and whole-year numbers.

On the top line, digital health funding in 2014 exceeded $4.1 billion, Rock Health said, a total greater than that of the past three years combined.

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CASA selected Care Living Labs as good practice.

Birgit Morlion (Program Director of iMinds - Health) recently brought the Flemish Care Living Labs under the attention of more than 500 participants during the AAL Forum 2014, held in Bucharest, Romania. Birgit spoke about the Flemish Care Innovation Space, a Flanders-wide initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for the elderly through facilitating innovative care processes and products.

Would you like to participate in 1 of the AIPA projects by sharing your experience and joining the test panel, or take part in general surveys about living at home as long as possible? Or would you like to be part of the platform by supervising tests, carrying out surveys, or participating in workshops? AIPA is looking for people 65 and older as well as helping hands.

On 21 February 2014, the official launch of the fifth Flemish Care Living Lab platform 'CareVille Limburg: Moving Care' took place at the university campus in Diepenbeek. More than 150 interested persons, including players in the industry, care and knowledge centers, and even policy makers were present. Minister Lieten and Minster Vandeurzen provided an overview of the CareVille policy during this kick-off.

The workshop Subsidy Channels for Innovation in Elderly Care was held in Brussels.

In the fall of 2013, on the initiative of Minister Ingrid Lieten, a second call for projects was launched for living lab projects in the framework of the Care Living Lab program. After being evaluated by the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT), 8 new living lab projects were selected.

Through the white paper from the theme group 'housing and care', the Voka Health Community reflects the shared vision of stakeholders from the profit and non-profit sector regarding ‘housing suitable to the cycle of life’. 

click here for this white paper.

A new living lab platform is strengthening the Care Living Labs. On 9 May, on the initiative of Minister Lieten, the Government of Flanders authorized the IWT to grant funding to a new living lab platform, 'Dare to co-create', which henceforth will go by the name of Online Neighborhoods .

On March 16th, three living lab initiatives by Flanders Care Living Labs took part in the ‘Dag van de Zorg’ (Care Day). In Turnhout, Merksem and Hasselt, the general public was able to get acquainted with various projects aimed at enabling the elderly to live independently for longer, in their own environment, with a high quality of life and increased comfort. Visitors discovered how the future of elderly care is being shaped through user-driven methodology.

On 21 and 22 February 2014, the Belgian Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics is organizing its annual Winter Meeting. At this 37th edition, the Care Living Labs in elderly care will also feature extensively on the program. The entire afternoon session on 21 February is dedicated to this topic.

On 19 September 2013, Care Living Labs Flanders was officially launched in "Area 42" in Schaerbeek, Brussels. Flemish Minister of Innovation and initiator of these Care Living Labs, Ingrid Lieten, opened the event and emphasized the importance of innovation in care.

Minister of Innovation, Ingrid Lieten, explains the Care Living Labs.

What are the possibilities for increasing therapy compliance and what are the authorities doing? Which specific projects are running and can offer inspiration? These were a few of the questions that were addressed on Thursday evening, 5 November, during the knowledge session on ‘therapy compliance’ from the Voka Health Community. Some 50 participants went to the White-Yellow Cross Flemish Brabant (Lubbeek) to listen to three fascinating explanations of ‘therapy compliance’

The increase in the ageing population as a result of demographic changes and the corresponding rise of chronic conditions results in great pressure on government expenditures in the care sector. The regions thus have a need to develop innovative, safe, portable, interactive care solutions for older people, including personalized information and guidance in this regard at home as well as outside the home. It concerns the so-called "Personal Healthcare System".

On 25 October 2013, the first Care Living Labs Workshop took place, organized by the Program Office, iMinds. This workshop treated the rules and legislation in force regarding the Privacy and Ethics Committee. This was translated into practice in order to guarantee smooth panel management within the living labs from the platforms.

We would like to share the speakers' presentations with you.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Tuesday 24 December 2013 (12:00 p.m.). This call was presented on 19 September 2013 during the official launch of the Care Living Labs.

The Living & Care Innovation SmartCamp is an interactive coaching program for entrepreneurs from the business world, the authorities or the care sector with business ideas for the care sector. In this process one receives intensive coaching from innovation experts for developing your concept, the accompanying business model and your marketing & PR campaign.

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On Monday 30 September, 400 stakeholders from the elderly care sector gathered for the Voka Health Community's annual conference. Enterprises, care actors, public actors and research centers from all over Flanders made their way to the football arena in Ghent. For us, this was proof that there is indeed a growing awareness and desire for broad cooperation.