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C-Imple in eating assistance technology

Different nursing homes, assisted living facilities and municipalities are currently discovering that eating assistance machines exist. And naturally, they consider testing and buying them. But which citizens does the technology benefit? How does the eating assistance machine help these people? What are the similarities and differences among the different eating assistance machines in the market? Which financial aspects does the implementation of the technology hold?

With the one-day seminar: "Certified Implementation seminar in eating assistance technology" at DTI Robot Technology in Odense, you and your administration can convert knowledge and experience to concrete recommendations, decisions and actions. This seminar really increases your chances of getting a successful result out of the implementation of eating assistance machines.

The seminar introduces the three models: Bestic, Neater Eater and My Spoon. On these pages, you can read about who the certified seminar is aimed at and what it specifically contains.

The scenario, in which acquiring eating assistance machines is considered, can stem from having seen the newly published evaluation report "Eating robot for citizens with physical handicaps" from The National Board of Social Services, compiled by DTI Robot Technology. Or maybe the consideration originates for a citizen, a relative or a professional from the municipality, who has heard about it and got the idea that an eating assistance machine could be a relevant aid.

But how does the municipality executives, professionals, social workers, nursing home therapists or other people involved decide whether a single citizen and a broader target group can use and benefit from eating assistance technology? Which specific products exist, how do they work and what are their similarities and differences? How is the best match between the eating assistance machines and the single users achieved? How is the best implementation support and follow-up planned? Where are you able to test the eating assistance machines on your own body to see how they work and how it feels to use them?

It is possible to get informed about eating assistance machines on the internet, in projects, among professionals and in reports. But is both complicated to navigate all the information and difficult to get a concrete, useful outcome. With a one-day certification seminar at DTI Robot Technology, you, your colleagues and your administration can convert knowledge and experience to concrete recommendations, decisions and actions.

Through the last couple of years, DTI Robot Technology has been involved in different projects and activities relating to eating assistance technologies. On these grounds, we now possess experience about who can profit from the technologies as well as knowledge about the practical, ethical and organizational challenges during the implementation.

With a professional and competent assessment of an eating assistance technology, it is our experience that the technologies - when applied correctly - have different benefits and gains. At best, among some citizens, there are more than one benefit at a time. Here are a couple of examples:

Woman with sclerosis, who lives at home and who is being fed by her husband, children and home care, because her arms no longer function. During the three major meals of the day and three to four meals in between, the woman is dependent on help to prepare the meals. After having tested different eating assistance machine models, she gets the model which works best for her mounted in her home. Subsequently, she only needs help to arrange and serve the food, as she is fully independent with regards to eating (putting the food in her mouth). The woman thrives and is happy to be able to eat in her own tempo. She is happy that she does not have to be fed like a child, but that she is now able to eat with her husband and children on equal terms. The municipality gains from the reduced manpower required in the fewer and shorter home care visits.

Five-year-old boy in an institution for mentally challenged, spastics and others. The pedagogues around a multi-handicapped, spastic boy assess that the boy has got the physical and cognitive resources to use an eating assistance machine. After participating in the "Certified Implementation seminar in eating assistance technology" at DTI Robot Technology, a specific technology is acquired and tested, which the boy turns out the master with small and simple modifications. The boy is proud, happy, and develops by eating on his own, which very well might have positive effects on his independent life feeling. The staff and the municipality gain from the reduced monotonous and physical/mental straining work and the fact that the pedagogues are now able to carry out other tasks, while the boy is eating independently. The prospects of this are savings in eating assistance over a longer period of years. With an eating assistance machine or a mobile eating assistance machine, the boy's independence is maintained through being able to eat on his own.

The report "Eating robot for citizens with physical handicaps" estimated that 16 minutes and 44 seconds of staff assistance are saved per meal, when an eating assistance machine is used. This requires a complete assessment of the technology with the right match between citizen and technology. In the same project and report, it is calculated that the payback time typically is 95 days with the NEM model and 206 days with the NEE model, and that the annual resource reduction of national implementation in the actual target group is 317 man-years.

With a certification seminar in eating assistance machines, you will be able to carry out assessment of how to apply and use the technologies in the best possible way. The financial gains of a successful implementation are easily spotted and calculated afterwards.

The more intimate and closer to the body the assistive technology is and the more intelligent it is, the more important it is that they involve care staff and other professionals, who are familiar with the technology and its ethical, technical, practical, pedagogical, psychological, organizational, and financial implications.

At technology vendors as well as online, you can read and learn much, but only DTI Robot Technology offers 'innovation' in the shape of a one-day certified implementation seminar, which provides both theoretical knowledge and hand-on experience about different products. The seminar provides you with competences to assess and implement the technologies, which is a necessity to achieve a successful match between technology and user.

The certified seminars are held as needed. Please contact us for information about when the next seminars are held.