Lessons Learned from the Deployment of a Long-term Autonomous Robot as Companion in Physical Therapy for Older Adults with Dementia: A Mixed Methods Study

Denise Viktoria Hebesberger, Christian Dondrup, Tobias Koertner, Christoph Gisinger, Juergen Pripfl

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Abstract

The eldercare sector is a promising deployment area for robotics where robots can support staff and help to bridge the predicted staff-shortage. A requirement analysis showed that one field of robot-deployment could be supporting physical therapy of older adults with advanced dementia. To explore this possibility, a long-term autonomous robot was deployed as a walking group assistant at a care site for the first time. The robot accompanied two weekly walking groups for a month, offering visual and acoustic stimulation. Therapists' experience, the robot's influence on the dynamic of the group and the therapists' estimation of the robot's utility were assessed by a mixed methods design consisting of observations, interviews and rating scales. Findings suggest that a robot has the poten-tial to enhance motivation, group coherence and also mood within the walking group. Furthermore, older adults show curiosity and openness towards the robot. However, robustness and reliability of the system must be high, other-wise technical problems quickly turn the robot from a useful assistant into a source of additional workload and exhaustion for therapists.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI '16: The Eleventh ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE
Pages27–34
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781467383707
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2016
Event11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2016 - Chateau on the Park hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 7 Mar 201610 Mar 2016

Conference

Conference11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction 2016
Abbreviated titleHRI 2016
CountryNew Zealand
CityChristchurch
Period7/03/1610/03/16

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    Hebesberger, D. V., Dondrup, C., Koertner, T., Gisinger, C., & Pripfl, J. (2016). Lessons Learned from the Deployment of a Long-term Autonomous Robot as Companion in Physical Therapy for Older Adults with Dementia: A Mixed Methods Study. In HRI '16: The Eleventh ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (pp. 27–34). IEEE. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.5555/2906831.2906838