In 2016, the Dutch care provision organisation known as Philadelphia Zorg launched a long-term social robotics programme. The aim was to investigate how robots can provide added value in the support to people with learning disabilities. The ultimate goal is to foster self-reliance in the clients and enable them to get the best out of themselves. Obviously the support needs vary from client to client. The programme began with a Pepper robot named Phi. Every month, Phi lodges for a fortnight in the home of a different client, serving as a means of emotional release and helping with tasks such as maintaining a structured daily rhythm. Initial results have been promising, with the robots effectively enabling people
to exert more self-direction in their lives. They provide stimuli such as reminding them, without intervention from a care provider, about things they need to do. Robots are non-judgmental, and clients determine for themselves what the social value of a robot will be. Robots can also take over routine tasks from care providers, thus creating more room for personal attention.

Target population
Not specified or other
Development Year
Congenital and developmental disorders
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Healthcare Enablers 2019
Philadelphia Zorg
Robotic Care
Self-care or at-home care
Independence/ patient empowerment
Other lifestyle management/improvement
Control and Monitoring
Technology type
Other robotics
Intellectual disability