By Stacy Lipson
Posting in Technology
With the help of the HOSPI-Rimo robot, caregivers may be able to provide a new level of caregiving for elderly patients.
"Don't forget your coat, mom." You don't want to admit that your parent is getting old. Perhaps even a bit forgetful. You know you could use an extra pair of hands, but the cost of hiring a night nurse could quickly drain your budget.
You may have one more option to choose from with Panasonic's release of the HOSPI-Rimo robot.
According to a statement:
HOSPI-Rimo serves as an intermediary to enable comfortable communication between people who are bed ridden or have limited mobility to communicate with other people, for example, their attending doctor in a separate room in the hospital or friends who live far away, as if they were interacting face to face. Panasonic developed “HOSPI” automatic medication delivery robot, which is used in hospitals in Japan and other countries. HOSPI-Rimo employs HOSPI’s autonomous mobility technology and high-definition visual communications technology Panasonic is renowned for.
Darren Quick at Gizmag reports:
Panasonic's "HOSPI" automatic medication delivery robot has already made it into hospitals in Japan and other countries where it is used to sort and transport medications to nurse stations.
HOSPI-Rimo robot will be presented at the International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition in October. The exhibit will take place in Tokyo.
Image: via Panasonic press release
Would you use a robot like HOSPI? Do you think this robot could help in the caregiving process? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Sep 28, 2011
I care for my cousin who has Alzheimer's, I could really use this robot. I want her to have freedom to roam around the house and maybe even the back yard. With a robot I wouldn't have to constantly tell her to drink water or juice or go to the bathroom. I can see her making a friend that she would care for. She's very social right now so she'd always have someone to talk to if I was in another part of the house. I think she'd be more apt to take instruction from the robot than me. :) I also like the idea that it could alert me if she tried to roam further than the house. I have baby gates with alarms now, but Rimo would be so much nicer.
however - this article doesn't speak to what it can specifically do. Is it only used as a communication devce to call a DR in another room or get on internet (I see it has a screen) and make calls to friends. can the robot itself communicate with the patient. IE if patient needs help can it decide whether to call son in next room, or Ambulance/police down the road. It would be nice if it could communicate with other household appliances such as refrigerators - Some fridges track when food is low and what food is needed to purchase. The robot could then make a call to someone to get the needed groceries. Things of that sort. I like the idea but i think there is much more work to integrate into its programming before they can call it DONE.
This little guy would be great for us. My fiance and I live with his Mother and Father right now. My guy moved in with them 2.5 yrs ago due to his father of 91 yrs of age had a stroke.(he is currently in the hospital/ nursing home, as he became too much to handle any longer for my guy)I moved in approx 6 or so months later as his Mother not only broke her hip (3rd time) but during rehab. The large bone in the thigh was broke, leaving her 100% wheelchair bound. She is a very small woman and we are not always within earshot of her. Due to household responsibilities. So if she need anything or.....It would be less stress on her as well as us to take care of her every need. Instead of her hollering or one of us running back and forth. Like I stated this is a great little gizmo!