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60% of EU citizens are saying that robots should be banned. when it comes to the care of children, elderly people and people with disabilities, according to the Special Eurobarometer survey "Public attitudes towards robots"
Meanwhile different nursing homes, assisted living facilities and municipalities in Europe are currently discovering testing and buying new robotic technology to improve support services, independence and quality of support services. A new evaluation report "Eating robot for citizens with physical handicaps" compiled by Danish Technological Institute (DTI), Robot Technology reveals positive results when using self-feeding robots.
DTI estimates that 16 minutes and 44 seconds of staff assistance are saved per meal, when an eating assistance machine is used. 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 professional, competent visitation of the self-feeding technology, the machines can profitably be used by a wide group of people with physical disabilities, create improved life quality, independence, and freedom for the individual besides the fact that the technology gives evident resource savings.
Based on the positive effects from the project DTI comes to the conclusion that a lot of more citizens could profit by self-feeding machines, for instance children with disabilities in arms and hands who are ready to eat by themselves, as well as physically challenged individuals with sclerosis, muscular dystrophy etc. living at home. If the machines are not only used at the residences but also at drop-in centers and nursing homes, more resident satisfaction and saved manpower are to be found.
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