Demographic trends in the UK and worldwide mean that by 2030, 23% of us will be over 65 years old, with only 18% under 16. Many more people will need care.
As a society, we are now at the point where we must start thinking strategically about our ageing population. For example, care home owners and operators are faced with a stark choice. They can continue to operate as they do and inevitably employ ever greater numbers of staff to manage a growing number of residents. Or they can use ergonomics to help design the homes to improve the efficiency of the staff and the wellbeing of the residents. Ergonomics techniques and data have a major role to play.