Project Update

Dutch companies help elderly live longer independently

2016-Logo-TOM-gj ONVZ Health Insurance collaborates with, Nutricia, Philips, PostNL and VeiligheidNL to implement an innovative project to prevent elderly from falling. The project is called (TOM; ‘Thuis Onbezorgd Mobiel’) and its goal is to make it possible that elderly live longer at home independently.

The impact of falling is hugely underestimated. Falling is a Tipping Point (a critical indicator in an evolving situation that often leads to a new and irreversible development). Additionally, in 2016 every five minutes a person older than 65 ended up in a dutch emergency room after a fall.

A combination of proven measures is brought into practise:

  • A wearable is given to track mobility (a mobility monitor)
  • A physical training based on muscle strength, balance and coordination
  • Personal attention and social support is given every fortnight by Care Consultants
  • If needed special additional nutrition will be given

The project starts in Best (Brabant) in cooperation with local parties, such as members of the elderly association, physiotherapists, dietitians and schools. Later in 2017 the project will expand to three other communities. More information can be found here.

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