There will be a number of societal benefits as a result of the Homehoist project.

The cerebral palsy patient will be capable of greater independence as they will be able to perform the essential basic care needs for themselves. This means that they will be able to spend periods of time alone in the home and experience an increase in morale and self confidence as a result.

For a parent who is caring for a child who they cannot manually lift it is likely to mean that they are able to manage with a single carer, allowing the secondary carer to work.

The use of the Homehoist system will decrease the number of carers and health care workers who suffer muscular injuries or other health problems as a result of manual handling of the disabled. This will allow them to continue caring for others, preventing the health service having to care for them and their disabled charge. An example of this cost decrease for carers alone is shown in section 3.1.10, below.

The Homehoist system will promote a greater take up of hoisting systems, specifically for the youth age group. This will allow the family to achieve the above benefits and get used to the hoisting system before it becomes a necessity.

The portability of the Homehoist system will enable greater access of disabled people to other environments. This could include an increase in social activities, or the ability to work. These would increase the self esteem of the user and may even allow them to earn their own living and not be dependent on relatives or disability allowances.

Access to Partners – The partners who will supply specialist advise to the Homehoist consortium RTD’s and eventually components for the final product are based European wide. Limiting partners to a single country would restrict the quality of partners within the consortium and thus the eventual quality and broad application of the final design.

Variance Between Countries – The needs of users and their home environments, as well as the market costs of products will vary throughout the European countries. By having transnational partners in the consortium each partner can research and advise on their own and surrounding countries needs. This will enable Homehoist to be accepted within many EC countries and increase its market success.

Exploitation Potential – By covering 5 countries in the consortium the ability to exploit Homehoist is increased. Each consortium partner, as well as supplying their specialist component for the final product, will be able to advertise and promote Homehoist in their native language to their home country and search for licensees to sell the products within their country.

For these reasons, we feel that Homehoist has the best chance of technical and commercial success as a transnational project.

It is expected that the Homehoist will realise the following wider benefits:
  • A reduction in health care costs as a result of a less expensive device that can be easily moved between homes.
  • Greater independence from users on others, potentially reducing the number of full time carers, increasing the number of people available to work, which could including some of those in wheelchairs.
  • Decreasing the number of manual lifting injuries to home carers and care workers, and thus a reduction of costs for the health care systems.

Consortium Kickoff meeting 18th Feb 2014

The Project Kickoff Meeting was held between all Partners to the Consortium on February 18th 2013 at Pera Innovation Premises in the UK.... more

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA-Research Executive Agency under grant agreement n° FP7-SME-2012