One out of six people in the European Union has a disability, usually caused by an acute episode or a chronic disease. A suitable rehabilitation is essential for enabling those people to live independently and enhance their Quality of Life as they age. However, the continuity of care often is interrupted in the transition from the hospital to the home. Virtual Coaches can help these patients to proceed with a personalized rehabilitation that complies to age-related conditions and as a key technology for empowering patients through the enhancement of the adherence to the care plan and the risk prevention.
The vCare project aims to provide a smart solution grounded on an intelligent ICT environment, which is highly adapted to personalised coaching activities in accordance with the clinical pathway of the patients and the context information. Starting from a clinical baseline, the Virtual Coach will be able to personalize and adapt goals according to the progress achieved in the impairments or disabilities recovery.