The "elderly wave" will create a considerable request for new resources in elderly care, during the next years. Already in 2035, a small country like Norway, will be lack of 40k nurses and 30k health care workers ONLY in the elderly care sector.
Additionally, there is a significant gap between the requested and the actual full-time places in nursing homes. However, this gap can be reduced by improving the conditions to maintain the elderly's physical and mental condition when they're still staying home.
In the national R&D project Service Robots for Rehabilitation and Training of Elderly People (ROHAB), PPM Robotics AS develops methods and technologies to enable the social service robots to be actively used in regular training and rehabilitation of elderly people.
The better the shape, the longer the elderly can stay at home. The longer at home; the higher the welfare, and the lower the costs!
The potential benefits of introducing service robots in training and rehabilitation are:
- Improved quality and regularity of the training
- Reduced need for human resources, duo to the fact that the elderly can carry out the training without continuous human support.
The ROHAB project has the following partners:
- PPM Robotics AS, Norway
- University of Debrecen, Hungary
- Chou University, Japan
The project is planned to run during 2023-2025 is financed by The Norwegian Research Council (NRC).