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The Giraff story is both exciting and personal. When Giraff’s CEO Stephen Von Rump first learned about this technology he envisioned its use in the business world – remote workers attending meetings, managers visiting distant offices and factories – because business was the world he lived in and understood. At the same time, in his personal life he watched helplessly from a thousand miles away as his father struggled to care for his mother, the devastating grip of Alzheimer’s slowly tightening around her world. Feeling the guilt of not being able to help take care of a loved one, he wondered – if he and his family could visit their mom via a Giraff, would it make a difference?

Stephen soon found the answer as dozens of caregivers and organizations around the world contacted him when they learned about the Giraff technology. They immediately understood how it could keep elderly connected to their world and help provide the confidence that allows them to continue living at home safely, independently and with a good quality of life. Most of these contacts came from countries in Europe with organized social care systems and a strong national sense of responsibility for elderly care.

So, he packed his bags and headed for Sweden, a country known for innovation in elderly care. There a new company – Giraff Technologies AB – was founded in Västerås and soon met its first customers, municipalities in Sweden and around Europe. Stephen and the team of Swedish engineers who continue to develop Giraff have learned by listening to real people that the secret to success is not in the technology, but in understanding how it brings family and friends together from all over the world in the care of loved ones. And that is exactly what Giraff does today.

The company now works with care organizations and research groups all over Europe. Giraff is fortunate to be the focal point of two major EU grants: “ExCITE” is an AAL project that studies the interaction of elderly and their caregivers via the Giraff in three countries, to gain insight into exactly how it can enrich the quality of life for elderly and help them to live at home longer. And “Giraff+” is an FP7 project that explores how the Giraff can be part of a larger home system that provides increased levels of care for elderly as their care needs grow over time.

Both projects are heavily focused on trialing this technology not in the lab but in real homes with real elderly and their caregivers. Both projects are producing independent research validating the value of Giraff in elderly care. And as part of the ExCITE project, Giraff is proud to be named the “Most Promising Innovation” of 2011 by the AAL organization at its annual conference in Lecce, Italy. But as proud as the company is of this achievement, it is even more proud to be a part of people’s lives, helping them to live independently and with a good quality of life.

The company now works with care organizations and research groups all over Europe. Giraff is fortunate to be the focal point of two major EU grants: “ExCITE” is an AAL project that studies the interaction of elderly and their caregivers via the Giraff in three countries, to gain insight into exactly how it can enrich the quality of life for elderly and help them to live at home longer. And “Giraff+” is an FP7 project that explores how the Giraff can be part of a larger home system that provides increased levels of care for elderly as their care needs grow over time.

Read more about these projects at their web sites:

ExCITE

Giraff+