Aged care is going through a rough time at the moment with the Royal Commission, but it doesn’t have to be that way and like all big challenges in life, new technology has always been at the forefront of leading change for the better. Just think of what the steam engine and the incandescent electric light bulb did for the industrial revolution.
Now imagine what artificial intelligence and robotics can do for aged care.
A new resident has been given a date of admission to a new aged care facility. On the date of arrival, when they check-in they are greeted by a Sophia like concierge manager who has all of the resident’s profile and family information enough to provide a warm greeting. They are shown to their room, the room is fresh with new flowers, lots of light and a sparkling white bathroom.
Welcome to the new world of robots in aged care where robots and devices controlled by your own mind promise to revolutionise the delivery of aged care services, while new food preparation technology allows aged care providers to work more efficiently with much less waste.
Residential Aged Care Software
Robotics has the potential to revolutionise aged care services in a number of ways, said Shara Evans, CEO of Market Clarity, futurist, and keynote speaker at the recent Leading Age Services National Congress. “There’s also a lot of work going on in the area of mind-controlled medical devices ranging from wheelchairs to prosthetics and even early work on robot surrogates,” Ms. Evans told Technology Review. “These technologies have the potential to make a huge difference to older citizens and people with disabilities.
A study by the University Washington’s school of medicine device controlled by the mind has helped a stroke patient to retrain their brain to move paralysed hands. By using a brain-computer interface using the uninjured hemisphere can achieve meaningful recovery in chronic stroke patients,”
Future residential aged care software will also look vastly different from what is available today. For example, there will be a no more data entry required with a keyboard. A majority of the information will be captured from wearables and ambient sensors within the room. Even nurse call systems will do away with the traditional call assist buttons and use hand gestures to signal an alert for assistance.
The big challenge with most residential aged care systems today is there is very little or no ability to interface with emerging technologies. For these systems to survive they need to become more agile and a lot more adaptable with the way the can connect with technologies of the future.