An AI takeover is happening in Hong Kong’s nursing homes right now!
But there’s no need to fear. The scenario couldn’t be further away from that of an apocalyptic movie — robots are actually providing care for the elderly.
During the peak of the pandemic, care center robots enabled residents to keep in touch with their loved ones through video calls. Residents can also play music on them and games like mahjong in the recent turn of events. But that’s not all!
Care homes found artificial helpers useful for disinfecting the premises and providing direct care for residents.
One of the many things they do is monitor body temperature and help the staff with cleaning up. More precisely, they alert caregivers through a smell-sensing app when diapers and bed linens need to be changed.
Perhaps in the near future, they can do the cleanup themselves and the vacuuming like the best hardwood floor vacuum cleaners. So, their potential uses are unlimited.
Most importantly, robots can help the residents with one of the biggest challenges the elderly are facing — limited mobility.
However, they don’t come cheap — the latest version of these robots costs about US$10,165. Still, care centers in Hong Kong are increasingly interested in purchasing these aids.
Just like the US, Hong Kong is facing a big challenge — a rapidly aging population and an insufficient number of qualified personnel to attend to their needs.
As per the WHO, over a billion people around the globe are older than 60, and the numbers are on the rise. So, robots in care centers might be something we’ll get used to seeing.
What’s more, employing robotic staff in the care industry makes perfect sense for the US as well, as estimates show that by 2030, there’ll be a gap of 151,000 professional caregivers.
Given all this, there’s no doubt that robots can raise the quality of life of the residents and, in addition, help professionals with their exhausting tasks.