How to promote the autonomy of young people and adults who are conditioned to carry out activities of daily living through technological solutions, in order to reduce the need for ongoing support from third parties and to delay their institutionalisation ?
The problem/need of this area of action is at the level of promoting the autonomy of young people and adults who are conditioned to perform activities of daily living for various reasons, such as: ageing, dementia, neurological disorder, chronic illness, accident and trauma, mental health impairment, mental, motor or sensory impairment, cognitive deficit, developmental disturbance, special educational needs, etc. These young people and adults may still be in their homes, supported by SCML services, or in specific facilities (such as assisted living residences) but are always dependent, to a greater or lesser degree, on the support of third parties (informal and formal caregivers and technical staff of SCML) to carry out day-to-day activities. These activities include the act of dressing themselves, taking care of their food, maintaining their personal hygiene, making basic purchases, taking medication, taking care of their clothes and their home, etc. The situation of dependence conditions the autonomy of these people and the experience of these types of situations has a huge impact on their psychological well-being and quality of life.
Intervention trends in this area are aimed at using the potential of technology and digital world to promote/support the autonomy of young people and adults and to complement human support needs. For this purpose, it is necessary to create and develop new solutions that help in the management of the daily lives of young people and adults who experience situations of conditioned autonomy. It is necessary to introduce digital tools and technical assistance into day-to-day operations which complement third-party support, in order to minimise the need for ongoing support and to delay the institutionalisation of these young people and adults.
The objective of the Social Welfare area of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa is to promote social cohesion and the well-being of residents in the city of Lisbon, working to prevent situations of inequality, socioaleconomic deprivation and social exclusion through the union of efforts and profitability of local resources, in partnership with public and private entities. This area brings together a wide range of responses aimed at children, young people, adults, families and the elderly in a situation of vulnerability and is guided by principles and concepts such as citizenship and social rights, proximity and territoriality, transversality and integration, partnership and participation, innovation and quality, valorisation and management of resources and capabilities and, above all, responsibility and commitment to Santa Casa mission. The management of this area is the responsibility of the Department of Social Welfare and Health (DASS).