LiveNature: ambient display and social robot-facilitated multi-sensory engagement for people with dementia

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Abstract

The wellbeing of people with dementia in long-term care facilities is hindered, as they spend most of their time alone with little engagement in meaningful activities and an absence o f pleasant senso r y stimula tion. We designed an interactive system called LiveNature that adopts a novel combined approach involving an ambient display unit and an interactive robotic sheep, to offer long-term access and to engage people with dementia in long-term care facilities in rewarding experiences. LiveNature aims to provide holistic multi-sensory engagement to provoke positive emotions, increase social bonding, and restore attentiveness and communication. The design was implemented within a Dutch nursing home. An evaluation of the user experience and the effectiveness of the design was conducted in a reallife setting with nine participants, five family members, two caregivers and fo ur volu nteers, using o b servatio nal rating scales and semi-structured interviews. The results of the rating scales and the findings from qualitative data showed evidence of enhanced positive engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1321-1333
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5850-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2019
Event2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019 - San Diego, CA, USA, San Diego, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
https://dis2019.com/

Conference

Conference2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019
Abbreviated titleDIS '19
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period23/06/1928/06/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • Ambient displays
  • Long-term care
  • Multi-sensory stimulation
  • People with dementia
  • Social robots

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