The role of robots in care, especially children’s care, has remained relatively marginal. To develop economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable robot solutions, it is proposed that robot strategies must be analysed within the context of care environments. This will lead to better decision-making and improved organizational strategy formulation.
Organizational designers and managers must recognize and address the changing needs of their day-to-day living and care needs in the present. A major breakthrough for robots in care will be when robots can solve these problems themselves. But, for that to happen, organizational leaders need to define clear goals and metrics to measure progress and identify areas for further development.
For example, what problem or need does the robot address? It must be able to perform the daily activities that involve caring for old people or older people in their home or other suitable locations. In essence, robots in care should do the same things as humans can. They may need assistance cooking meals, picking up medicines, or taking some daily therapies. Their job may also include grooming and cleaning, as well.
However, the robots in care must have more capabilities than those in manual tasks. Based on previous research, older people in-home or care centres are facing more health problems and disabilities. The condition of their mobility and physical state degrades as they age. A care robot with good sensory systems can monitor the activities of elders with poor eyesight and alert them to avoid falls. It can use its sensors and data acquired through various modes of interaction to allow the seniors to live a comfortable life.
It is important to ensure robots in care have advanced sensors to detect body heat, moisture, and sound. These can be used to prevent falls and injuries that can be life-threatening. In addition, the caregiver or older people in the home can be trained to perform activities of daily living more easily. This will improve their condition and allow them to live independently.
Another area where a caring robot might be needed is in elder care homes. A care robot may be able to monitor the activities of the residents, check their vital signs, speak to them if necessary, and perform other duties. There are several robots that can do multiple tasks, allowing an operator to oversee the daily living activities of several older people at the same time. In other cases, a single caregiver can operate several robots in care from a remote location. This allows caregivers to have greater control and cooperation with their team members.
In the last few years, a new type of care robot has been introduced called personal ergometers. This robot is programmed to evaluate gait patterns and determine the maximum number of steps an elderly person can take. The benefit of this system is that it provides information about potential hazards for the patient. It can also detect low heart rates, promote weight management and increase the quality of life.
While many of today’s care robots are capable of performing multiple tasks, there is a limit to what they can accomplish. The ability to work independently means that a caregiver cannot expect to completely care for an older person at once. As new technologies emerge, robots in care need to learn how to combine tasks so that they can do all the tasks that are necessary to keep someone happy and healthy. Caregivers who want to keep their jobs and still be involved in caring for their aging loved ones should look into the possibility of using personal geometry robot design strategies. They may just find that they enjoy being able to multitask even more!