JRM Vol.33 No.4 pp. 713-718
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2021.p0713


Development and Dissemination of Nursing Robots and Support Systems for Welfare Sites

Yuji Higashi

National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities
1 Namiki 4-chome, Tokorozawa City, Saitama 359-8555, Japan

May 10, 2021
May 18, 2021
August 20, 2021
robot technology, widespread measures, data science, scientific nursing care
Development and Dissemination of Nursing Robots and Support Systems for Welfare Sites

Directions to achieve rewarding nursing-care services

The Japanese population is rapidly aging, with fewer proportion of children, and its production-age population has decreased correspondingly, with a resulting shortage in nursing-care service providers. To cope with this situation, the Japanese government has focused on developing and deploying nursing-care robots to compensate for the shortage of human resources. As most nursing-care services are intended for the elderly and disabled, they are traditionally considered as human services. To implement nursing-care robots on a large scale, numerous approaches and measures have been considered, such as modeling the approaches to effectively use nursing-care robots in nursing-care fields, rewarding highly useful nursing-care robots with greater nursing-care compensations, and responding to consultations at nursing-care sites by building a platform to develop, demonstrate, and deploy nursing-care robots. However, nursing-care services using robots are still not popular because of prevailing anxieties about and resistance to such technologies; therefore, the promotion of nursing-care services using robot technologies remains a challenge. Presently, a system capable of supporting not only a single nursing-care scenario but also a series of nursing-care operations is highly desired. In the future, nursing-care services have to be made more rewarding using robots, for which it is vitally important to provide support in the form of evidence-based, scientific, and effective nursing-care services.

Cite this article as:
Yuji Higashi, “Development and Dissemination of Nursing Robots and Support Systems for Welfare Sites,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.33, No.4, pp. 713-718, 2021.
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