Nov 30, 2020

Corporate News / Feature Story


Lightening the Load for Caregivers in Japan

Panasonic has introduced a world-first with a bed that converts into a wheelchair. Called Resyone, the company's development in the field of nursing equipment was based on a deep understanding of real-world issues through communication with staff at nursing facilities. Developers are pleased with the result, but more importantly, it has put smiles on the faces of caregivers and patients too.

One of the most difficult nursing tasks is transfer between beds and wheelchairs. Previous inventions mimicked the human work of lifting, but presented three issues: the risk of dropping, a need for wide spaces, and a lack of maneuverability.

This new approach merges the nursing bed and wheelchair. It has removed the heavy load for caregivers and give patients a sense of security, so it's a solution that is better for everyone.

The development team worked the night shift at Panasonic group aged care facilities. This proximity enabled onsite testing revealing the concept's merits and areas requiring work. Users were impressed that the job of two to three nurses could now be done by one and reported patients feeling far more comfortable about being moved.

Panasonic relied on strong communication with the people engaged in the work every day to develop Resyone. The results show this collaborative method is indispensable in the development of truly innovative, highly useful products.

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