Almost two-thirds of UK citizens (63%) would consider being care for by robots, according to research by Younifi, a solution provider for local authority adult social care departments.
The survey also revealed that eight out of then citizens are worried about needing to be cared for in the future.
Tony Pilkington, Managing Director of Younifi, said: “With more and more of us facing the prospect of being cared for in the future we wanted to better understand what worries people most when it comes to accessing adult social care in later life, but also what they want as part of that care. This research shows that people are worried about their future care needs, and this concern comes from the publics’ perceptions into how care is funded, managed and delivered in the UK.
“Clearly, there is a need for these concerns to be addressed and for people to approach retirement age confident that there care needs will be met in a way that they are happy with. This can only happen if people have better visibility of the options available to them and more insight into how to avoid developing care needs but also to understand how care is managed and delivered.
“The survey findings have shown that people are open to how care is delivered and that they are happy to embrace innovative technology if it means a better outcome for their care needs.”
The most common concern reported by those surveyed was the standard of future care, including 75% respondents not currently in the system.
Almost three-quarters of people (74%) were worried about the cost of care, with 64% concerned about the impact of care on their quality of life.
For the over 65s, quality of life was the most common concern (85%), while the cost of care was the main worry for those aged 45-54.
More than half of respondents wanted care providers to offer help with companionship in later life, while 56% (70% in the 55-64 age group), wanted care providers to help them maintain a sense of purpose as they get older.