Being able to maintain personal hygiene plays a crucial factor for independent living in old age. Loosing this ability means needing support for these activities, often resulting into a move in a nursing care home.
This clearly suggests that automated showering support can foster independent living in dignity for persons experiencing loss of autonomy and relieve the caring and nursing burden of the family, domiciliary services, medical centers and other assisted living environments or nursing care homes.
I-SUPPORT is a three-year HORIZON 2020 European research project launched in March 2015. Its goal is to develop a robotic shower system in order to enable independent living for a long period and thus, improve the quality of life of frail citizens.