Nationwide, Labrador Systems Partners in Assistive Robot Pilot Project
Nationwide and early-stage robotics company Labrador Systems are partnering on an assistive robot pilot program to help people aging in place, people with short- and long-term health conditions, and their caregivers .
The labrador retriever The robot provides additional physical assistance to people as it is able to move large objects or keep smaller objects close to an individual. The robot is designed with 3D vision, sensors and navigation, as well as options to schedule tasks such as delivering items to a location at a specific time.
Nationwide is sponsoring the pilot tour through Labrador to continue research into various use cases. The robots will be placed in individuals’ homes and in long-term care facilities, clinical settings and academic settings.
Bobbi Jo Allan, Vice President of Innovation Leadership at Nationwide, said Digital Insurance that there is a lot going on in the long-term care space and that this partnership will provide more information on how to support people as they age.
“We were looking for ways to help members maintain their independence and help their family members who are also helping them,” says Allan. “We know that our relationships with people last 40 to 50 years and that members’ needs will change as they age. With a company like Labrador, we want to know how our services and products can help people age in place.
According to National Retirement Institute Long Term Care survey published last November. The survey included responses from 1,812 adults and 706 carers. 88% of Americans surveyed said it was important for them to stay home for long-term care if they needed it and most, 70%, would rather rely on family for care, but 66 % also worry about becoming a burden on the family as they get older, according to the survey.
“The pilots we conducted in 2021 confirmed the deep need for a robot that can help with practical activities around the home, as the Retriever has quickly become a regular part of our users’ daily lives,” said the CEO. of Labrador Systems, Mike Dooley, in a statement. “With the support of Nationwide, we are able to expand our pilot programs to work with multiple organizations across the country and allow more people to experience the Retriever firsthand and provide feedback on their individual needs.”
Allan says Nationwide expects the pilot to answer questions like: how are we helping caregivers? How can we help people who are aging and ensure that they can age in place safely? How will the robot be used and what will be the results?
“Time will tell and we can learn how we can integrate technology and benefit our members,” says Allan. “As we learn, we will see how the solutions will impact people.”