There's just one snag – how does a robot tell the difference between an elderly and vulnerable patient who has collapsed, and a similarly shaped object – such as a large duffel bag – lying on the floor?
According to the AARP, the number of people available to care for family members or friends over the age of 80 will plummet as baby boomers enter their 80’s—stated differently, Baby Boomers will have far fewer people available to care for them than their own parents did.
As reported by the Telegraph, researchers in England believe that technology could provide the answer in the form of robot caretakers, perhaps as soon as in the next ten years.
One way that they believe this technology may be useful is in detected falls by elderly patients. According to the article, nursing home patients who fall during the night are sometimes not discovered by busy nurses until the next morning.
“Continuously sweeping the building in search of distressed residents would be far too demanding on a nurse's time, but is exactly the kind of repetitive task to which robots are ideally suited . . . .
There's just one snag – how does a robot tell the difference between an elderly and vulnerable patient who has collapsed, and a similarly shaped object – such as a large duffel bag – lying on the floor?”
The public has debated for years how our country will care for the Baby Boomers. While I’m not expecting robot caretakers any time soon, you have to wonder if a government strapped for cash will look for any way they can to save money.
Of course, if our new robot masters caretakers are as helpful as Rosie from the Jetsons, maybe it won’t be so bad after all.