“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.


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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.”

First workshop on the future of care on 19. October in Berlin

To kick off the scenario development on the future of care, eleven experts from the environment of care service providers, care associations, representatives of relatives and care insurance gathered on the premises of the old Leihamt loft in Berlin on October 19, 2016. The goal of this full-day workshop, led by Dr. Johannes Gabriel (Foresight Intelligence), was to identify the key factors that will significantly influence the future of care as well as the importance of new technologies and human-technology interaction in care.

The definition of a total of 12 key factors was achieved through lively discussions among the experts, who were quickly able to contribute their technical expertise to the scenario method, which had been little known until then.

In a further step, projections – i.e. conceivable and plausible further developments – were developed for each key factor up to the year 2025. Following the first expert workshop, these interim results will now be systematized and processed by the project team for further work in a second expert workshop in February 2017.

The workshop participants showed great interest in the scenario work and will continue to support the project. The project leader, Prof. Dr. Manfred Hülsken-Giesler (Philosophical-Theological University of Vallendar), and Dr. Johannes Gabriel in the leading moderation were very satisfied with the results of the first workshop session: “The experts bring highly differentiated perspectives and ideas to the discussion. There is a clear desire to think intensively about the future of care and to base this on a solid methodological foundation. We look forward to the next steps in the process of scenario development for the future of care!” emphasized Prof. Dr. Hülsken-Giesler after the workshop day.