Longitudinal diary data: Six months real-world implementation of affordable companion robots for older people in supported living
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Cambridge : Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
InCompanion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 148-150
2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (Cambridge, United Kingdom, 23-26 March 2020)
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SW OZ DCC AI
Companion of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
SubjectCognitive artificial intelligence
Companion robots have potential for improving wellbeing within aged care, however literature focuses on shorter-term studies often using relatively expensive platforms, raising concerns around novelty effects and economic viability. Here, we report ecologically valid diary data from two supported living facilities for older people with dementia or learning difficulties. Both sites implemented Joy for All robot animals and maintained diaries for six months. Entries were analysed using thematic analysis. We found robot use increased over the six months, changing from short, structured sessions to mainly permanent availability. Thus previously reported concerns on novelty were not warranted. Both sites reported positive outcomes including reminiscence, improved communication and potential wellbeing benefits (reduced agitation/anxiety). Incidences of negative responses included devices described as 'creepy.' Devices appeared sufficiently robust for prolonged daily use with multiple users. Overall, we provide insight into real-world implementation of affordable companion robots, and longitudinal development of use.
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