The Japanese are using a variety of robotics to make up for a shortage of aged care workers.
Japan: The robots are coming
Japan has a rapidly ageing population and growing demand for aged care services.
They are also facing a shortage of aged care workers. Enter the robots. Several companies have commercialised robotic systems that help provide care-giving duties.
For example, RT. Works Co. has released an autonomous electric cart called the Robot Assist Walker that helps elderly people walk uphill and automatically slows down on the way back downhill.
NK Works Co. has created a robotics-based monitoring system which uses infrared sensors to detect if patients are at risk of falling out of bed.
Orix Living has developed Swing Lift CoCoRo – a lift with an arm that can lift and carry a person. This reduces the physical strain on care workers as they help people in and out of bed and to the bathroom.