Research & Laboratories – Institute for Technology in Health and Nursing Care

CarLa - Adaptive care laboratory

Applied Medical Engineering is one of our main areas of research and to further this work an adaptive care laboratory - Care Lab or CarLa for short - is being set up on the Göppingen campus of Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. CarLa will be used to develop and test technical solutions in a realistic environment in order to obtain an adaptive system which is as comprehensive as possible. The results will then be used to derive a scalable principle for nursing care space which puts the person concerned at the centre, accompanies them as they go about their daily lives, and supports and protects them where necessary.

The current research approaches show that for those suffering from dementia, for example, care cannot be restricted to the illness itself. Multi-morbidity as well as social and societal factors play an important role in the treatment. It is especially necessary to see the room itself, and all objects and furnishings in it, from a different perspective - that of the person concerned.