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    Research project VERA

    Virtual Evaluation of Reduced Autonomy


    Team: Information, Signal, Image Processing and Life Sciences

    Labeling: none

    Term: 12 months (from 16/04/2018 to 15/04/2019)


    Funding: ANR

    LARIS staff involved: Déborah Foloppe (deborah.foloppe @ univ-angers.fr) (Post-doc), Paul Richard (MdC HDR), Fabrice Guérin (PR)


    Project Partners: Alphonse Calenda (PR) - Réseau des Écoles de Management et d'Ingénierie de la Santé (REMIS) - Philippe Allain (PR) - EHPADs d’Angers


    The changes in the representations of health have led to the establishment of multiple collaborations between the various medical and social health sectors. However, care, which is now multi-disciplinary, continuous and patient-centered, faces considerable budgetary and human limitations. At the same time, older people don't only want to live as long as possible, but also aspire to the development of their well-being, whether or not they have an illness or disability. For example, health and aging institutions (EHPAD, Alzheimer centers, retirement homes, etc.) are constantly working on more satisfactory services for their residents. In addition, these developments should not be an additional burden for professionals. In this context, and in conjunction with the democratization of virtual reality tools, this project aims to develop innovative digital tools to assess and maintain the autonomy of residents of these institutions. It is in this general context that the VERA project is located.

    Based on our expertise in virtual reality, ergonomics, and the neuropsychology of aging, the proposed activities will enable professionals to enrich the work they do with residents. We hope that the final products will be rewarding for residents, interesting for professionals and will improve the attractiveness of the health structures concerned.