A multi-perspective evaluation of a service robot for seniors: the voice of different stakeholders

Sandra Bedaf, Patrizia Marti, Farshid Amirabdollahian, Luc de Witte

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    Abstract

    Purpose: The potential of service robots for seniors is given increasing attention as the ageing population in Western countries will continue to grow as well as the demand for home care. In order to capture the experience of living with a robot at home, a multi-perspective evaluation was conducted. Methods: Older adults (n = 10) were invited to execute an actual interaction scenario with the Care-O-bot® robot in a home-like environment and were questioned about their experiences. Additionally, interviews were conducted with the elderly participants, informal carers (n = 7) and professional caregivers (n = 11). Results: Seniors showed to be more keen to accept the robot than their caregivers and relatives. However, the robot in its current form was found to be too limited and participants wished the robot could perform more complex tasks. In order to be acceptable a future robot should execute these complex tasks based on the personal preferences of the user which would require the robot to be flexible and extremely smart, comparable to the care that is delivered by a human carer. Conclusions: Developing the functional features to perform activities is not the only challenge in robot development that deserves the attention of robot developers. The development of social behaviour and skills should be addressed as well. This is possible adopting a person-centred design approach, which relies on validation activities with actual users in realistic environments, similar to those described in this paper. Implications for rehabilitationAttitude of older adults towards service robotsPotential of service robots for older adults

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)592-599
    Number of pages8
    JournalDisability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
    Volume13
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2018

    Keywords

    • Ageing in place
    • independent living
    • older adults
    • service robots
    • Humans
    • Middle Aged
    • Independent Living
    • Male
    • Caregivers/psychology
    • Robotics
    • Activities of Daily Living
    • Self-Help Devices
    • Aged, 80 and over
    • Female
    • Interviews as Topic
    • Aged

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