While many of us take the routine act of getting dressed each day for granted, a startling number of individuals rely on assistance for this fundamental task. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 92% of those residing in nursing facilities or receiving at-home care need help with dressing.
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More than five million people in the United States live with some form of paralysis and may encounter difficulties completing everyday tasks, like grabbing a glass of water or putting on clothes. New research from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute (RI) aims to increase autonomy for individuals with such motor impairments by introducing a head-worn device that will help them control a mobile manipulator.