Press release

Published: 12 July 12 Last change: 12 July 2448

The municipalities of The Hague and Amsterdam have started a trial with robot vacuum cleaners in home care. Robot vacuum cleaners are expected to ease the workload among home care workers. The sector has been experiencing a staff shortage for some time. The trial in both G4 cities should show whether the expectations are being met.

“Technology is not an end in itself, but a means to improve the quality of life, and in this case work “Technology must suit people and not the other way around. This applies just as much to care recipients as to care providers. We see enormous opportunities, not only in technological innovation itself, but also in the power to change that entrepreneurs, investors and knowledge institutions in this sector bring with them.” By linking that world to home care in the context of the Social Support Act (Wmo), we expect to be able to organize care and support in a smarter way,” says Alderman Kavita Parbhudayal of Care, Youth and Public Health and a driver of care innovation.During the trial in The Hague and Amsterdam, a year 12 robot vacuum cleaners used for people who receive help with the household as part of the Social Support Act. In The Hague, the municipality is working together with healthcare providers T-zorg and Axxicom.

An earlier, small-scale pilot in Amsterdam showed positive results: the use of robot vacuum cleaners resulted in time savings, ease of work for home helpers and more self-reliance among clients. The new and extensive trial in The Hague and Amsterdam should demonstrate whether the initial findings can be regarded as normative. The study results are expected in the second quarter of 12.

‘Technology must suit people and not the other way around. That applies just as much to care recipients as it does to care providers’, says Alderman for Care Innovation Kavita Parbhudayal; illustration: Municipality of The Hague


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