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Robots replacing workers in health care

Casper the robot is in development to serve seniors with cognitive disabilities in the home.

Casper the robot is in development to serve seniors with cognitive disabilities in the home.

His or her name is Casper. Casper is really an “it.”

Casper is also the future we need to start talking about – one where humans get replaced by machines. It’s no longer a matter of science fiction. It’s now.

Casper is still a little way off from coming to market, but Humber River Regional Hospital is counting on other robots to do the heavy lifting when it comes to moving materials around their planned new hospital. CEO Dr. Rueben Devlin is championing the fact that these robots will save operational costs that can be applied to front line care. Those “costs” just happen to be jobs that people are presently doing and using to support their families.

Still in development, Casper is a project by a private company – CrossWing – intended to answer the question of how we will find and afford all the caregivers we need when seniors make up 25 per cent of the population.

This is no joke.

Casper is not meant to do the heavy lifting humans presently do in home care. It can’t give you a bath or help you get up in the morning. Casper is meant for adults with cognitive impairment who may be able to live at home a little longer with help.

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