Due to demographic development and the associated increase in lifestyle-related diseases, there is a need to address issues of health maintenance and prevention in order to contribute to a longer and healthier life.
The research area Health, Care and Well-being is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people in different life situations with a focus on people with chronic diseases. Projects in the research area pursue questions from the everyday practice of nursing and therapeutic professions.
We cooperate with leading experts and institutions from the health sector, business enterprises, universities in Austria and abroad, as well as with other faculties within the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt.
We perform research and development in the following topics:
The 24/7-Digital project addresses the challenges of 24-hour live-in care. Based on previous findings in the field of 24h care, a solution is designed and provided together, with all those involved in the care process. This will be tailored to the phases of 24h care (phase 1: on-boarding/change, phase 2: care, phase 3: phasing-out/transfer). The main focus is on the functions (i) remote support (live image/sound), (ii) care guidelines in times of climate change, (iii) infopoint: administration of self-employment & care documentation, and (iv) (interactive) translation/language function. (Funding authority: FFG)
‘Care about Care’ (C^C) aims to support the ecosystem of professional home care (care workers, care recipients, family and non-kin carers, home care organizations, software providers) by providing new ICT-enhanced ways of collaboration, assistance and information exchange. By developing and combining ICT-based solutions C^C intends to: (i) initiate new ways of collaboration, workflows and (remote) support to make care work more attractive, (ii) provide tools for sharing information between members of the care network and (iii) promote knowledge transfer between them. FH Wiener Neustadt is coordinating the project and leading the development of the Remote Care Assist service. (Funding authority: FFG and Active Assisted Living Programme; Website: https://www.careaboutcare.eu/)
We aim to create a dementia-friendly library in collaboration with two other organizations in the community: the information service point of the city hall and the city museum. Experts from occupational therapy, health promotion and palliative care will work together with a self-help group including people living with cognitive impairment in this interdisciplinary health promotion project. The aims are to promote health and foster social participation of people with dementia and their carers as well as to contribute to de-stigmatization. Using a participatory health research design based on needs assessments will ensure sustainability.
The Take Care International (TCI) project is focusing internationally on the further development of the serious game app "Take Care", which was developed for training in health care and nursing. The app enables users of the app to virtually complete night and day shifts in a long-term care facility as part of the theoretical training in nursing. The focus is on communication with residents, suffering from dementia and the resulting "challenging" behaviors. Find more Information: https://tci.eduproject.eu/
Augmented Reality Dementia
'CARU cares' combines one of the most successful AAL services of the past - the emergency call - with new functions to support care workers in documenting their care activities. The result is a new, attractive and non-stigmatising way for elderly people in assisted living environments to make an emergency call to increase their sense of security and quality of life. The tasks of the FH Wiener Neustadt in the project are support within the framework of the co-creation and requirements process, conception and implementation of a component for location and context analysis as well as participation in the evaluation of the system. CARU cares will be tested and evaluated in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. (Funding authority: FFG and Active Assisted Living Programme; Website: http://carucares.com/)
Sensititve Questions are a problem for questionnaire research as well as for diagnostic assessments. In this project different types of sensitive questions are identified and the hypothesis is tested that sensitive questions can be identified via EDA measurement.
AgeWell is developing a virtual coach to accompany older workers during and beyond the retirement process. The main focus of the project is on promoting a meaningful life and a healthy lifestyle. In the project, the FH Wiener Neustadt is responsible for the integration of the respective Austrian target group, for the selection of the robot components, as well as for the implementation of the intended case scenarios. (Funding authority: FFG and Active Assisted Living Programme; Website: https://agewell-project.eu/)
PET/MR imaging to assess the role of membrane transporters in pulmonary disposition of inhaled drugs
Prevention and Care of Delirium - multiprofessional Position Paper
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