Results workshop on the future of care on May 04 in Berlin

For the further development of future scenarios of care in the context of the initiative “Care of the Future”, a total of 27 experts from the professional public in the environment of care gathered for the last time on May 04 in the premises of the old Leihamtlofts in Berlin.

In the course of this workshop, an online tool developed within the framework of the BMBF project “Transdisciplinary Future Orientation for the Design of Human-Technology Interaction in Care (TZoP)” was presented for the first time, which makes it possible to go through the scenario process digitally. The aim is to obtain assessments of future care from people in all areas of care, as well as from family caregivers or people in need of care themselves, in order to develop future scenarios that are as robust as possible and, in particular, to drive forward the discourse on the further development of care in Germany. The workshop was accompanied by lively discussions and many suggestions for adapting a web-based scenario process in order to involve as many interested parties as possible.

In the workshop phases, the participants worked in three groups on the final steps of a scenario process. Here, the focus was on deriving consequences and implications of the previous scenario work for current developments in nursing care. This closes the circle: design options are derived from a look into the future and questioned with a view to opportunities and risks.

Workshop participants were impressed by the results of the scenario work and by the scenario method itself:

“I came very skeptical and with many questions – also to the second workshop – and found the work in the workshops incredibly productive. After developing the scenarios, I went home with an enormous increase in knowledge. That was the motivation to now also learn about the results, but also to get into an exchange about them and to answer the question of how to proceed. My assessment is consistently positive, it was very stimulating and I am very happy that I was able to participate in such a development process.” This was the feedback of one participant.

Another participant summed up: “I think that the journey is the goal: we can learn from each other by discussing here. For me, it’s not primarily the results that are decisive, but the things that develop in dialogue with the other workshop participants, and that’s what’s crucial.”

Project manager Prof. Dr. Manfred Hülsken-Giesler thanked all participants: “Thank you for your time, your energy and the food for thought you have given us. We’ll stay on the ball, because shaping the future is a process that never ends.”

3rd symposium on “Digitization and Technology in Nursing Care”

The 3rd symposium on “Digitalization and Technology in Care” took place on April 5, 2017 at Haidenauplatz 1 in 81667 Munich. After the extremely positive feedback to our first two symposia, we want to further deepen the topic. We are particularly pleased that once again MDK Bayern and VDE Bayern were our cooperation partners and HCM – the Health & Care Management magazine our media partner. You can find the results here

In the discussion round, moderated by Dr. Bernd Wiemann, Minister of State Melanie Huml fielded questions from nursing practice, including Anke Franke, director of the Maria-Martha-Stift and the Protestant Diakonie in Lindau. (Image source: Health&CARE Management)

In a technology tour, the Minister of State will be presented, among other things, the telemedicine system COMES from SW-Haus Zuleger, image source: Health&CARE Management).

Digitization and technology of care

Digitization and technology are important fields of action for coping with the increasing tasks in nursing. There are already good and proven tools in daily care work. New buzzwords such as e-health, smart home, digital rescue and ambient assisted living (AAL) are currently doing the rounds. But how are they being adopted?

In order to use the modern aids, decision-makers and caregivers need to be trained in their use. In many places, more technology and digitization are met with reservations and rejection by those in need of care and caregivers alike. Such stumbling blocks must be taken seriously and taken into account, especially in innovations and the further development of technical aids by engineers and technicians.

“New approaches to occupational health and safety in the care and service sector” brochure

As part of the funding priority “Preventive measures for the safe and healthy work of tomorrow” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, a number of research and development projects are looking at new approaches to occupational health and safety in the care and service sector.

While the funding priority as a whole considers the topic of “Work 4.0” particularly from the point of view of increasing digitization and develops corresponding prevention strategies in the focus on “Industry 4.0”, among other things, this brochure presents the work of a focus group of collaborative projects from the care and service sector, which sees digitization as just one development trend among several.

For in this sector, too, only positive ideas for Work 4.0 and good concepts and examples of successful prevention can meet the challenge of attracting the large number of skilled workers needed for the future and ensuring that they remain in jobs and employment.


You can order the brochure here.

Technical paper on technical support for the elderly and nursing care

In the context of the book volume “Was heißt schon alt”, which was recently published as volume 8 of the renowned series “Ethische Herausforderungen in Medizin und Pflege” (Ethical Challenges in Medicine and Care) by Verlag Grünewald (ISBN 978-3-7867-4029-2 ), Prof. Dr. Manfred Hülsken-Giesler discusses “Was heißt schon alt – Technische Unterstützung für ältere Menschen und die Pflege”.

Key points of the ethical evaluation of robotics in nursing care

In the current issue 1/2017 of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Prof. Dr. Manfred Hülsken-Giesler and Dominic Depner (both working within the framework of the Initiative Pflege der Zukunft) publish the article “Robotik in der Pflege – Eckpunkte für eine prospektive ethische Bewertung in der Langzeitpflege”.

You can access this article here 

Second workshop on the future of care on February 3 in Berlin

On 03.02.17, a second expert workshop on the development of future scenarios in care was held as part of the “Care of the Future” initiative. In the impressive seminar rooms of the Leihamt Loft in Berlin, a total of about 20 experts from the environment of care service providers, care associations, representatives of relatives and care insurance gathered to develop future images of care through a systematic scenario process. Under the moderation of Dr. Johannes Gabriel (Foresight Intelligence), the process quickly got underway to derive plausible projections for the future of care from the key factors for the development of care collected in the first workshop and to form initial raw scenarios. In a next step, these were checked for consistency by placing individual projections in meaningful relationships in order to prepare a variety of consistent overall pictures (scenarios).

As a result, three raw scenarios were developed, which are now being processed by the project team and prepared for discussion in a final expert workshop in May 2017.

Project leader Prof. Dr. Manfred Hülsken-Giesler (Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar) was very satisfied with the work process: “The work done so far holds out the prospect of highly interesting scenarios for the future of care, and we are very excited about the further development of the future scenarios by people in need of care, family caregivers, professional caregivers and other interested citizens as part of the Internet-based dialog process.”