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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 40000 nurses and 30000 health care workers ONLY in elderly care.

Additionally, there is, already today, a significant gap between the requested and the actual number of 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, so they don't need to move to the nursing home.

The use of service robots provides effective rehabilitation and sustains good physical condition for patients, both at home and in nursing homes.	The service robot has force sensors that are used to control the robot's motions and compensate for imbalances during rehabilitation and training.

In the national R&D project "Service Robots for Rehabilitation and Training of Elderly People (ROHAB)", PPM Robotics AS develops new technology to enable social service robots to be actively used in regular physical and mental training and rehabilitation of elderly people, both in home care and in nursing homes.

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 benefits of introducing service robots in training and rehabilitation are:

  • Improved quality and regularity of the training
  • Reduced need for human resources, due 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 running during 2023-2025 and is financed by The Norwegian Research Council (NRC) through the SkatteFUNN program.