People first

As technology lightens nursing and rehab staff’s workload, more human resources can be devoted to more personal patient care.

Today’s robots are already taking on physically demanding tasks that precipitate occupa-tional diseases. As robot’s skills improve, they will be able to serve many other care purposes. Domestic versions will eventually emerge to make life easier for physically handicapped people in their homes.

Once a specialist briefs the rehab patient and walks him through a few initial training sessions, the patient will be able to perform the prescribed exercises with a robot as a training partner. This way, the rehab training plan, supervision and care can all be opti-mized for the individual patient.

And IT can largely automate nursing and rehab services planning, documentation and assessment. This unburdens caregivers, freeing up time better devoted to interacting with patients.

The care and rehabilitation environment of the future

In the future, more technology will mean more humanity. A paradox? No, nurses and rehab specialists’ working life is a lot less strenuous since robots took over the heavy lifting. Robots interact with us individually and adaptively. With a little help from virtual and augmented reality, we can even use them as training buddies in rehab. Robots also make everyday life easier at home for physically handicapped people.