Hyogo/Osaka, Japan - Polaris Co., Ltd., which operates day service long-term care facilities nationwide specializing in self-independence support, and Panasonic Corporation 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 October 1, 2021.
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.