Friday, October 23, 2009

Nursing Home, Long-Term Care Trends: Robotic Technology of the Future (Video 2:04 mins.)

Humanoid Service Robot REEM-B

Many people, particularly the graying pre-baby boomers, probably assume they won’t be around in the next 50 years. But with the speed of technological inventions nowadays, who really knows? Longevity continues to increase while fertility rates decrease. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid struggle with ongoing adjustments as demographics evolve into a future we can only predict. Fortunately, research from the University of Louisville School of Nursing in Kentucky gives us a glimpse into the future with results reported in "Nursing Clinics of North America.” These are the predicted trends for long-term care:

1) Future years will see a more diverse population with increased aggressive treatment of chronic illness.

2) Consumers of health care and their family caregivers will take more active steps to manage and coordinate their own care.

3) Housing trends that produce more senior-friendly
communities will encourage independent living rather than
seniors having to move into institutions.

4) Increased incentives for use of home and community-based care
will allow people to stay longer in their own homes in the community.

5) Technological advances, such as the use of robots serving as companions and assistants around the house, will also decrease
the need for institutional living.

This video gives a visual glance into the potential of robotics in the future with a demonstration by a humanoid robot built by Pal Technology. Robots like this could provide service at home to those who are unable to perform these actions themselves.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
"Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes”
“Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog”

1 comment:

  1. After retirement it is good to choose the retirement homes. At old age proper care is necessary and for this one have to take help of retirement homes and to take care of their health nursing homes. I agree with you that with the period of time people will take more active steps to manage and coordinate their own care.