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Polaris, Panasonic to offer short-stay self-independence support service for seniors who require long-term care

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Polaris Co Ltd, which operates day service long-term care facilities nationwide specializing in self-independence support, and Panasonic Corporation have announced a new short-stay self-independence support service using IoT/AI technologies to improve the wellbeing of seniors who require long-term care. The service will launch at the Rihga Royal Hotel (Osaka) on Oct 1.

Since its founding, Polaris, headquartered in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture, has been working to help seniors reduce the level of care assistance provided under the long-term care insurance system in Japan. Over the past seven years, the company’s efforts have led to improvements in the level of care services needed for 2,606 individuals, with 516 individuals now being able to live self-independent lives without relying on the long-term care insurance system at all.

By combining Polaris's track record and know-how in providing self-independence support, and the IoT/AI technologies Panasonic has cultivated through its “LIFELENS” long-term care operational support service for nursing-care facilities, the two companies will implement a new service for effectively improving the wellbeing of seniors who require long-term care consisting of a focused, short-stay program to be carried out while staying at a resort or city hotel.

Polaris and Panasonic have been jointly developing and demonstrating their self-independence support care platform since February 2018. For this new service, the companies jointly developed a remote assessment system that utilizes wearable and mobile devices to evaluate the conditions of seniors in a remote setting without the need to meet them face-to-face. The system can gather quantitative data on their conditions quickly and remotely, making it possible to deliver a uniform high level of self-independence support care.

Demonstrations of this system, conducted at Polaris's day service locations, have confirmed that assessments and prognostic predictions for formulating rehabilitation plans can be carried out remotely without direct face-to-face contact. Based on the results from these demonstrations, the companies will be launching a new short-stay self-independence support service based on this system at the Rihga Royal Hotel (Osaka).

In this service, users stay in a resort or city hotel for a short period of time in a relaxed atmosphere to perform their rehabilitation exercises according to health management regimens and care plans individually optimized for each user. This can also help improve disuse syndrome* experienced by seniors who may have tended to spend longer hours at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The service will lead to improving the wellbeing of seniors and, therefore, reducing social security costs.

Features of this service

  • Using a remote assessment system, the service remotely determines users' conditions in advance and provides plans for appropriately improving their wellbeing.
  • In a relaxing and elegant space away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this service helps users improve their wellbeing through self-independence support programs optimized for each individual user.
  • By utilizing this remote assessment system that combines the Polaris's cultivated know-how and Panasonic's IoT/AI technologies, it enables to provide a uniform high quality of self-independence support care services.

Flow of this service

[1] Check the user's health and other conditions while living at home.

The user wears a wearable device - which is included in the remote assessment kit users receive in advance - at home for about one to two weeks, and then fills out an online medical interview form using a tablet device.

[2] Expert staff perform assessments and develop improvement plans remotely.

Based on information gathered by the wearable device, information entered by the user, and details from online interviews, expert staff diagnose the user’s state of health and disuse syndrome, etc., estimate the prognosis, and develop an improvement plan.

[3] User confirms their improvement plan, and services begin at their destination resort or city hotel.

The user confirms the proposed improvement plan, and services begin at where he or she stays.

[4] In addition to sightseeing and other activities, user spends their leisure time in rehabilitation attended to by professional staff.

Experienced Polaris nursing care staff provide highly specialized care while observing each person's condition. Because quantitative monitoring can be performed via wearable devices, etc. even after the program starts, care can be provided more effectively than ever before. Users are also given advice on day-to-day life in general, such as on how to spend their leisure time as well as about meals and hydration.

[5] Living self-independent lives

  • The aim is to enable individuals to live self-independent lives after a three-month stay.

Source: Panasonic Corp

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Wow. That was a very hard slog. And I am still not sure what it all means.

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