Welfare Technology:  Legacoopsociali, Sant’Anna School Dirpolis and Biorobotics Institutes signed partnership agreement to provide training on “Smart Care”

Legacoopsociali, Sant’Anna School Dirpolis and Biorobotics Institutes are committed to working closely in research and training activities to provide high-quality social welfare. The partners signed an agreement to use welfare technology as a tool to assist the elderly and people with disabilities, to increase security and mobility and to reduce the pressure on the healthcare sector. On Monday, October 21, Rector Sabina Nuti (Sant’Anna School), Professor Andrea De Guttry (Sant’Anna School Dirpolis Institute), Professor Christian Cipriani (Sant’Anna School Biorobotics Institute), and President Eleonora Vanni (Legacoopsociali) have signed the three-year partnership agreement to meet an increasing demand of welfare technology solutions enabling a self-care management of older people such as smart homes and therapy robots.

Under the scientific supervision of Emanuele Rossi (Sant’Anna School Dirpolis Institute), Filippo Cavallo (Sant’Anna School Biorobotics Institute), Monica Vanni (Legacoopsociali), together with Massimo Campedelli, Gianna Vignani, Elena Vivaldi, Cristina Napoli, Barbara Henry, Erica Palmerini and Christian Cipriani a training course on smart care technologies “Cura intelligente. Tecnologie e tutela della persona: modelli operativi di sviluppo per le cooperative sociali” is offered to 30 participants selected by Legacoopsociali representatives.

With the rapid population ageing worldwide, the social and economic implications are becoming apparent. The “Smart Home Care” technology can assist older adults at home with safety and independence. Promoting health, well-being and quality of life, the welfare technology will increase security through mobile alarm and surveillance systems, mobility aids, automatic devices, information and communication technology services, robots that support independent people in addition to care and welfare staff.

Today, industrialized countries have to face the demographical challenge and a decline in the working-age citizens (in Europe we have four people employed for every pensioner, increased healthcare costs and unsustainable pension commitments). Therefore, welfare technology and digital solutions for tele-rehabilitation and tele-health need to focus on the older adults’ daily activities in their home environments for an independent living and service-integrated housing.