The Japanese people are embracing nursing care from robots, according to a survey by Orix Living Corp, Japan, a nursing care provider. The results are interesting in that they people feel a psychological burden from being taken care of by other human beings – some feel guilt or embarrassment and robots are for the most part impersonal. The online survey conducted in September covered 1,238 people from those in their 40s to those who are much older, across the country.
Those who said they are ready to or want to receive care from robots stood at 84.3 percent, hitting the highest level since the survey was started in 2011. However, in terms of preference, some people would rather be cared for by humans. This cohort was 46.9 percent. And men seemed ready to care for their wives – with 84.2 percent saying they would be happy to take care of their wives while 65.8 percent of women would favor taking care of their husbands. Also the survey asked men if they want to share a room with their wives in housign for the aged – most men said yes. However, a smaller number of women said they want this, most saying they want to stay away from their husbands. This could be that women would rather rest and not feel the need to take care of a man in their latter years.
Recently, Japanese firms have developed robots that can lift older people up and place them gently in a bath. This robot seems to be getting more attention.