Background and Goals
The project ISU aims at increasing autonomy of older people and bedridden persons, supporting care givers and restoring dignity and self-esteem in the most sensitive area of personal hygiene. The project will develop a mobile system of sanitary components for improving hygiene, care-provision and quality of life consisting of four main components:
- A mobile bed-side toilet (commode) which offers WC flushing, odour-free vacuum disposal of faecal-matter, bidet-function and assistance for transfer from/to the toilet functions which presently are offered only from stationary assistive toilets.
- A bed-shower for washing a bedridden or immobile person without spilling water to the environment (the bed or the floor) using a closed-circuit system for fresh and waste water as well as applying air for drying and lotions for skin care.
- A (mobile) bed side service module containing fresh water, waste tanks and power supply to support the two bed side modules.
- A (stationary) docking station to serve as a central hub where the service module is automatically re-loaded and cleaned.
The project ISU received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA-Research Executive Agency.