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

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…

Robot Caregivers: Harbingers of Expanded Freedom for All?

As we near a time when robots may serve a vital function by becoming caregivers, it is important to examine the ethical implications of this development. By applying the capabilities approach as a guide to both the design and use of robot caregivers, we hope that this will maximize opportunities to preserve or expand freedom…

Ambient intelligence in home care in the Netherlands

The largest age group in the Netherlands is aging and when they are in need of home care, there will not be enough people to take care of them in the current healthcare system. One solution could be found in Ambient Intelligence, for it could aid in maintaining independence and postpone the need to enter…

Home Care Expert Systems for Ambient Assisted Living: A Multi-Agent Approach

The aging process of the population of the First World countries is increasing interest in solutions to improve the quality of life of elderly or disabled people and their families, providing an economically sustainable form of healthcare. Thus, Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and Ambient Intelligence (AmI) are moving towards the Artificial Intelligence field to develop…

In-home monitoring of persons with dementia: Ethical guidelines for technology research and development

Innovative technologies are rapidly emerging that offer caregivers the support and means to assist older adults with cognitive impairment to continue living "at home." Technology research and development efforts applied to older adults with dementia invoke special grant and institutional review board concerns, to ensure not only safe but also ethically appropriate interventions. Evidence is…

Socially Assistive Robot Enabled Home-Based Care for Supporting People with Autism

The growing number of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an issue of concern in Australia and many countries. In order to improve the engagement, reciprocity, productivity and usefulness of people with ASD in a home-based environment, in this paper the authors report on a 9 month Australian home-based care trial of a…

State of the Art on Night Time Care of People with Dementia

This article provides a survey of published literature on technology developed to support people at the early stages of dementia during night time. Studies to date have focused on Assistive Technology that can address monitoring in a sensor-enriched home environment or provide location detection as a safety net. Additionally, studies have promoted therapy (music, reminiscing,…