Na Mednarodni konferenci o demenci ASK 2017 bo tudi Katarzyna Wieczorowska Tobis. Predstavila bo svoj prispevek z naslovom Social robots in care for older people: The enrichme project.
Rapid ageing of societies and declining human resources for providing care make it necessary to consider care solutions involving modern technology. One of possible approaches to this issue can be the introduction of a service robot. The ENRICHME project, funded within the Horizon 2020 framework, is aimed at studying the possibilities of the robotic support for community-dwelling older persons with mild cognitive impairment. There exists no pharmacological treatment for this group but they can be engaged in various activities, led and monitored by the robot.
The project started with the assessment of needs, requirements, limitations, and ethical issues which arise around the introduction of the robot, from the perspectives of end users and caregivers, both formal and informal. Based on the results of this assessment, a prototype of the robot has been created, and is currently being tested in ambient-assisted living laboratories. Starting from July 2017 several robots will be tested in various housing facilities. Poznan University of Medical Sciences is the only site testing robots directly in older persons’ homes.
According to the needs assessment, the preparation for using the robot should be, gradual, initially with considerable involvement of professional personnel. Only after gaining confidence in robot operation, this involvement should diminish in a flexible way, depending on the degree of confidence gained by the older person. The functions of the robot should be pre-set, and the robot should be customisable. Certain functions could be switched off at the beginning, until the robot has been accepted, and then activated gradually. The robot would thus increase its presence in the user’s life progressively.
In response to this we foresee a staged robot introduction: initially accompanied by a professional and a caregiver whose presence will be reduced with time. Our approach takes into account the special needs and requirements of people with cognitive impairment.
Prof. Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis, M.D., Ph.D., geriatrician, palliative care specialist – Head of the Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland. For the last 16 years she has been the active participation in the work of Home Hospice dedicated to elderly nonmalignant subjects living in the community.
Since 2013 she has served as President of Polish Gerontological Society – PTG (and previously for 4 years as Vice President). Since 2016 she has been a member of the Senior Policy Council at the Ministry for Family, Labour and Social Policies – a consultant body for all relevant projects. She is also the Permanent Advisor for the Parliament’s Senior Policy Commission (2016-2020) which discusses issues important for the elderly.
In the years 2007-2015, she participated in the creation and updates of geriatric care standards, as a representative of Poznan University of Medical Sciences. In the years 2014-2015 she was also the National Geriatric Consultant of the Ministry of Health – the advisor of the Ministry of Health in the geriatric field.
In 2013, she participated, as an evaluating expert, in the development of the Wielkopolska Agenda for the Elderly until 2020 for the Marshal’s Office of the Wielkopolska (Greater Poland) Region. In 2013-2014, she has been the Polish expert in the CASE project (the European Interreg IVC project – attempts to develop the regional policy, and exchange the experiences among partners and knowledge around the upscaling of innovative ICT plus services for independent living) and in the ENGAGED project (the Thematic Network – builds a learning community of stakeholders across Europe to nurture the emergence of innovative and sustainable active and healthy ageing services that make best use of technology). The projects are in close relationship to the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA). She was also member of the Scientific Committee of the World Health & Design Forum (WHDF) ‘Reshaping the Future of Health Care by Creating Better Lives for People’, www.whdf2014.com, 21-23.10.2014 (Brabant, region of Smart Health, NL) with the support of European Commission (framework of the Health Programme: 2008-2013).