Will Robots Be The Future Of Homecare?
In recent reports it's been suggested that robots could bridge the elder-care gap in the near future!
With demands for professional care givers already out-doing supply, experts say this workforce shortage will only get worse as the populations mortality rate decreases.
So what's the answer? Well, Robots apparently.
"Just as automation has begun to do jobs previously seen as uniquely suited for humans, like retrieving goods from warehouses, robots will assist your elderly relatives. As a robotics researcher, I believe artificial intelligence has the potential not only to care for our elders but to do so in a way that increases their independence and reduces their social isolation."
The Way of the Future
This sounds like a scary futuristic solution, but it could very well be the way of the future!
If you cast your minds back to 2004, you might remember the movie I-Robot featuring Will Smith as the main character. The movie depicted the world full of robots, with human-like bots that worked alongside real people doing all the jobs we can do. It's not to say the future of home-care will be like this, but with bearing in mind that we now have robotic self driven cars, speaking technology, robots that self vacuum floors and cut the grass, it doesn't seem unrealistic to expect home robotics to help out with care in the home very soon.
The benefits of such inventions means that elderly people can stay at home longer without the need to go into full time care and lose their independence. Many families often find it hard to constantly check on an elderly relative and help out so solutions like robotic helpers could come as a savour.
Not only would such inventions help with certain things around the home, like doing tasks, housework and helping with mobility, but the robots of the future are anticipated to make elderly people who live alone feel less lonely and will help in terms of interaction. Studies have already been undertaken showing how robots can help suffers of dementia to remember to take pills and eat meals.
"I believe robots will perform many elder-care tasks within a decade. Some activities will still require human caregivers, and there are people for whom robotic assistance will never be the answer. But you can bet that robots will help seniors age in place, even if they won’t look like butlers or pastry chefs."