Home Care Services: optimization models and algorithms

Home Care Services are all services (medical, paramedical and social services) which are delivered at the premises of the patient. Their provision at home is increasingly advocated as safe, psychologically beneficial and cost-effective, both for hospitals and patients.

We develop mathematical models and optimization algorithms to solve challenging problems arising in Home Care. They address complex timing constraints, resource management issues and uncertainty aspects, such as unexpected resource shortage or shock of patient demand.


Selected Publications


Cappanera, Paola; Scutellà, Maria Grazia; Nervi, Federico; Galli, Laura

Demand uncertainty in robust Home Care optimization Journal Article

Omega, 80 , pp. 95–110, 2018.

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Cappanera, Paola; Scutellà, Maria Grazia

Pattern Generation Policies to Cope with Robustness in Home Care Incollection

Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, pp. 257–268, Springer International Publishing, 2017.

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Yalçindağ, Semih; Cappanera, Paola; Scutellà, Maria Grazia; Şahin, Evren; Matta, Andrea

Pattern-based decompositions for human resource planning in home health care services Journal Article

Computers & Operations Research, 73 , pp. 12–26, 2016.

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Cappanera, Paola; Scutellà, Maria Grazia

Joint Assignment, Scheduling, and Routing Models to Home Care Optimization: A Pattern-Based Approach Journal Article

Transportation Science, 49 (4), pp. 830–852, 2015.

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Cappanera, Paola; Scutellà, Maria Grazia

Home Care optimization: impact of pattern generation policies on scheduling and routing decisions Journal Article

Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics, 41 , pp. 53–60, 2013.

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