Future needs and requirements of care in the predicted "aging society" are often viewed as a key challenge for society. In recent years, when it comes to the future organization of elderly care, the development and use of new technologies is regarded as utmost important. Given the prevalence of a "technology push" orientation, there is a risk that the development of advanced technology determines the design of care arrangements and that the existing technology-driven innovation paths are hard to modify.
On the contrary there are ideas and approaches that start from the needs and focus on the social shaping of care arrangements by social innovations such as the involvement of friends in care, home support networks or multi-generational projects. The concept of "care arrangements" appears to be suited to integrate the technological and the social innovation perspective and to lead to a more comprehensive approach.
The project aims to investigate in an interdisciplinary way questions about the demand and requirements for social and technical innovations in the field of elderly care. It will strengthen the networking and cooperation activities within the competence area "Technology, Culture and Society", within the KIT research focus "Humans and Technology" as well as networking and cooperation with the engineering sciences in KIT, especially with the KIT research focus on "Anthropomatics and Robotics".
In the framework of this start-up project, each partner is presenting the state of the art from a disciplinary research perspective. Next, open research issues will be specified, pivotal questions will be identified and a common conceptual framework will be developed. The project team jointly plans, prepares, and implements an interdisciplinary workshop, the results of which are afterwards analyzed in view of further cooperation in interdisciplinary projects on care arrangements – in particular elderly care arrangements.
September 27. and 28. 2012 an interdisciplinary workshop took place in the framework of the TAPAS-project on "Technical assistance systems in care arrangements" (program).