Robotics Boom Expected in Home Care Industry in The Villages, Florida
By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com
For many years now, robotics has been playing an increasing role in home care. From lawn care to pool care, then floor care, automatic devices have been making life easier for those with the financial means to afford them. Now it’s expected that this market will quadruple by 2025 and it will include benefits for the in home care industry as well.
ABI Research has been tracking these robotics devices for some time and they note that one major change expected to come in the years ahead is that they will all end up connected through a WiFi network. This means they can be controlled remotely or integrated to work together.
As reported in the ZDNet blog, Home care robotics market set to quadruple, written by Greg Nichols:
“The days of unconnected consumer robotics products are numbered,” says Philip Solis, Research Director at ABI Research. “Wi-Fi is rapidly becoming standard technology in home care robots, beginning with floor cleaners. Today, wireless connectivity merely allows robot systems to be controlled and monitored remotely, but looking forward, their connectivity, mobility, sensors, and functionality, such as machine vision, will expand their capabilities as part of the smart home.”
For some, it’s about creating a ‘smart home,’ or one that enjoys the benefits of robots doing the cleaning and taking care of other manual chores without having to pull them out, plugging them in, or maneuvering them manually.
One new innovation that may very well have great benefit for seniors and disabled adults is the development of some robotics that can assist with manual lifting, including proving the type of support some individuals would need getting out of bed, bathing, or even getting to the bathroom.
Many of these tasks are currently being performed by home care aides, home health care providers, and in some cases family members. A major concern is the physical toll it can have on these men and women offering that level of physical support.
Robotics means being able to enjoy the benefit of assistance without taxing professional caregivers or family members. Injuries become more likely when some home care aides are doing heavy lifting on a regular basis, often without proper support or even training.
It’s not expected that this boom in robotics technology for in home care will replace home care aides or the need for them, but rather offer another level of physical assistance to help make life easier for seniors and disabled adults for whom some of these daily tasks become too difficult or even impossible to do on their own.
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