With robots to focus on food delivery, nursing home staff can focus on care
Robotics is readily recognized as a technology of potentially key importance in helping the growing elderly population with their needs. In the US alone 8.5 million seniors require some form of assistive care; growing to 21 million over the next 20 years. 91% of nursing homes are understaffed. And there are at least 65.7 million family caregivers (31% of U.S. households); however, the number of potential family caregivers for each person is decreasing. To solve some of the staffing shortages, South Korea-based Yujin Robot is carrying out trials of its GoCart meal-transport robot designed to operate in all elderly and health care facilities. The first field test is scheduled for 8 October 2014 at a retirement community in the northeastern US with another test scheduled at a facility in southern Sweden.