Organiser: The Institute of Robotics for Dependency (IRD).

Collaborating organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.

Implementation dates: 01/06/2021 – 30/11/2021.

 

Newton ONE, a cloud service software that empowers organisations in the care and support sector to collect data on the quality of life of people that use their care services

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with the Institute of Robotics for Dependency with the aim of developing Newton ONE, a cloud service software that allows organisations in the care and support sector to automate the collection of objective and repeated data on the quality of life of the people that use their care services. Newton ONE provides professionals and researchers with data on the responses to questions that users, and an intimate circle of their family and friends, have answered on the perception of their quality of life. The tool aims to determine the support needs of each user and allow care services to act proactively to provide support where and whenever it’s needed.

Using the GENCAT School Quality of Life manual and with the possibility of including other assessment scales, Newton ONE asks questions randomly and continuously to end-users as well as the people in their close circles such as family or friends. The questions are taken from questionnaires adapted to the profile of each user and are sent via computer, tablet, or mobile. When the questions are completed a calculation engine records the answers, compares them with previous answers, and presents the results to the care professional using the tool.

Newton ONE helps organisations to take a transformative and innovative approach to managing care. The tool allows the organisation to understand the perception of their patients in order to provide them with a personalised service adapted to their needs and decisions, and to work in a continuous, qualitative and proactive way that encourages personal autonomy and independence.

 

An initiative that provides a solution to the consolidation of sociodemographic, economic, and technological changes that occurred in western societies between the 20th and 21st centuries

In the last decade, the majority of sociodemographic, economic, and technological changes we have faced in the 20th and 21st centuries have gotten even more prominent. Some of the key challenges include caring for our aging population, encouraging autonomy in people with dependency and taking advantage of the innovation technology to confront these issues.

Newton ONE, part of the Active and Healthy Aging Project, started in 2016 in Garraf, was created as a solution to the key issues above. The initiative, which is aligned with the Government of Catalonia’s Strategic Plan for Social Services 2021-2024, will contribute to a paradigm shift in the care and dependency sector. Newton ONE helps to foment the personal autonomy of people who are dependent on care, encouraging them to participate in the choice of support they receive and the appropriate level of care they require depending on their situation and capabilities.

 

The Institute of Robotics for Dependency, an organisation that uses cutting edge technology to improve quality of life for care dependant people

The Institute of Robotics for Dependency was created in 2015 thanks to the support of the Ave María Foundation. Based in Sitges, the Ave María Foundation is an organisation that has been offering specialised care for adults with intellectual disabilities since 1987. Throughout its history, the organisation has developed a large number of projects with the aim of providing innovative, practical, sustainable and low-cost solutions to provide clear benefits to people with disabilities, their families, and the people that support them.

The Institute of Robotics for Dependency inherited the branch of research and investigation which up until that point had been managed by the Ave María Foundation. The challenge was to continue to update and innovate technology within the disability sector. In just five years, the IRD has forged connections with leaders in the disability sector and with companies specialising in robotics, published articles in international scientific journals, presented at a large number of conferences, participated in the European Commission H2020 scheme, and worked with various European universities and research centres.

 

Links of interest:

Institute of Robotics for Dependency website.