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Care staff would welcome robot helpers

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Nurses and other care home staff would welcome robots that could help with moving and lifting patients in nursing homes, a study from Norway has found.

The survey, carried out for the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, found that nursing staff believed that the use of ‘care and nursing robots’, would be able to maintain, or even increase, the level of care for older people during a period when the proportion of older people in the population is expected to increase.

Staff said greater use of robots would allow care workers to spend more face-to-face time with patients, and that they believed sensors and robots would allow older people to stay longer in their own homes.

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  • We are closer to this than many realise with the ERGOS Samrtlift. This is a fully automated patient lifting device that is operated by remote control. I have reported on it many times in my newsletter, but now the development is at the satge where it is being used within hospitals. The nurse doesn't need to push, pull or twist the hoist. It is even possible for some paraplegics to hoist themselves and from their bed to a chair. The person could even move the hoist from room to room via remote control while they follow in their wheelchair. See www.MovingAndHandlingInstructors.co.uk/ergos.html

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