Since 16 November 2021, the German Caritas Association, based in Freiburg im Breisgau, has a new president. Ms Eva Maria Welskop-Deffaa replaces the previous President Peter Neher, who did not reapply for the office after an 18-year term. This makes Ms Welskop-Deffaa the first woman in the almost 125-year history at the head of the German Caritas Association with its almost 700,000 employees and hundreds of thousands of volunteers. For her, the digital transformation is a matter close to her heart: getting actively involved in digital development projects and making it clear that related ethical issues do not have to be dealt with downstream. Taking a close look at digital opportunities for participation and working out mechanisms of digitalisation that lead to the exclusion of people and that can improve opportunities for participation. These and other tasks have already been taken on by the German Caritas Association – for the benefit of the poor and excluded – within the framework of its digital strategy and will be taken on more intensively in the future. The cooperation of the German Caritas Association in the scientific accompanying project BeBeRobot is a building block in this.
With the format of the so-called “results profiles”, the BMBF presents current and innovative research results of the research programme “Together through Innovation” in multimedia form. The profiles briefly and concisely summarise the most important findings of the respective projects and, with an outlook on the future, point out remaining challenges for research and the future use of the interactive solution in practice. The results profiles can be viewed at https://www.interaktive-technologien.de/service/ergebnissteckbriefe
Two out of three young people (68 percent) can imagine caring for relatives. This is the result of the current DAK-Gesundheit care report. For the report, researchers under the direction of Professor Thomas Klie from the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Freiburg examined the situation of young carers in Germany. In addition to qualitative interviews, the core of the care report is a comprehensive survey by the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research in the age group of 16 to 39-year-olds. According to the survey, young women (71 percent) are more likely to imagine caring for relatives than young men (66 percent). The report is available at https://www.dak.de/dak/download/report-2501938.pdf
On August 20, 2021, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Family Affairs Christine Lambrecht and Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil published the 2nd report on the status of implementation of the agreements of the Concerted Action on Care (KAP). The status on the topic of innovative care approaches and digitization can be found in ch. 3. The report is available at https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/fileadmin/Dateien/3_Downloads/K/Konzertierte_Aktion_Pflege/KAP_Zweiter_Bericht_zum_Stand_der_Umsetzung_der_Vereinbarungen_der_Arbeitsgruppen_1_bis_5.pdf
On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Working World Council published the first Working World Report on May 19, 2021. The Working World Report will present selected developments in the working world on an annual basis and place them in overall contexts. The first Working World Report places a special focus on current transformation processes and challenges in the working world of professional nurses in order to place them more strongly at the center of shaping the future of labor policy.
The Working World Report and further information can be found at https://www.arbeitswelt-portal.de/arbeitsweltbericht/arbeitswelt-bericht-2021#c2352
On the status of the evaluation of digital assistance systems for nursing in German-speaking countries, the current issue of the journal Pflege & Gesellschaft. Zeitschrift für Pflegewissenschaft publishes the results of an empirical survey: Schley, A.; Hirt, J.; Horstmannshoff, C.; Schüssler, S.; Lutze, M.; Jagoda, F.; Häussl, A.; Müller, M.; Balzer, K. (2021): Evaluation von digitalen Assistenzsystemen für die Pflege in öffentlich geförderten Forschungsprojekten in Deutschland, Österreich und der deutschsprachigen Schweiz (EvaDigiAssSys): Ein Survey. Pflege & Gesellschaft 26(2), pp. 131-155. For more details, see: https://www.beltz.de/fachmedien/erziehungs_und_sozialwissenschaften/zeitschriften/pflege_gesellschaft.html
On 25.02.2021 the first symposium in the context of the BMBF funding line „Robotic Systems for Care“ took place online. More information and a video-documentary overview of the presentations, panel and plenary discussions can be found at Symposium
The Bertelsmann Foundation has published a new study on the use of technology in long-term care. The publication “Potentials of Care 4.0: How technological innovations in long-term care can ease the burden and change job satisfaction” is available free of charge at https://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/de/publikationen/publikation/did/potenziale-einer-pflege-40-all
“Are robotic systems the means of choice?” In the series “Facts Check Robotics in Care” (in German language), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research puts prevailing opinions and views to the test and asks experts to comment on them.
The first published commentary comes from Prof. Dr. phil. Manfred Hülsken-Giesler from the Institute for Health Research and Education at the University of Osnabrück, the coordinator of the BeBeRobot project.