LiCalab wants to let older people live at home longer, either independently or assisted, by means of care innovations. To this end, LiCalab opts for an integral approach to elderly people, with 5 central themes in which innovative projects are supported. For instance, LiCalab supports projects that reinforce the autonomy and self-reliance of the elderly.
Additionally, they wish to improve the home environment of the elderly through innovations that create a safe, comfortable and accessible living environment. LiCalab are also searching for solutions to let people grow older actively and to keep them involved in society. Another objective is to strengthen integrated care, tailored to the user. Furthermore, LiCalab is committed to the development of caring neighborhoods.
Fostering Age Friendly Innovation and Co-Creation
LiCalab is an experimental space for companies and organizations for healthcare products, services or innovative process testing. LiCalab supports businesses and organisations in the health and care sector by testing and validating innovations with end users, in their own living environment. LiCalab has a panel of about 1000 patients and elderly and many care professionals share their user feedback on a wide range of products and services, spanning technological innovations, nutritional concepts, exercise and revalidation, mental health and informal care.
LiCalab positions the end user at the center of the development path and can offer assistance by means of co-creation sessions and by conducting real-life tests in the end users’ actual living or working environment.
Co-creation with end users
In co-creation sessions, end users or care specialists will innovate together with developers and search for solutions to their problematic.
In the real-life tests, end users will actually work with the new product or service in their home or working environment and will give constant feedback that can be used to adjust the development. LiCalab has a user-friendly communication platform that allows them to capture the use and experiences of the users.
“Thanks to LiCalab’s large care network we were able to test Topshake with 85 patients in 12 residential care centres. This enabled us to adapt Topshake entirely to the needs of the patient, and measure the time spent as well as satisfaction among health care providers. Developing Topshake opened the door to the new market segment of the health care sector.” Michel Tops, CEO Tops Foods
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