How can an exoskeleton be used in the municipal health care service?
Exoskeletons are an excellent assistive device for the user. It can help them walk, augment strength, be used for rehabilitation and much more. But how can this technology benefit occupational therapists, user-controlled personal assistants, and home nursing? And what are the challenges with implementing an exoskeleton in the municipal health care service?
These are some of the questions Vilje Bionics, and Oslo municipality are investigating. Together with Grünerløkka and Sagene, we explore the challenges health personnel face in their day-to-day work with people with disabled arms and hands. We want to understand how wearable robotics can benefit the user and how it can be a helping hand for health personnel.
Last week, we finished the first phase of the collaboration project with Oslo. We conducted focus group interviews with occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and home care personnel. The insight we gained was of great value for further development. We are looking forward to the next phase of the project.