To successfully integrate social robotic platforms in community-based dementia care, such as Meeting Centres for people with dementia and carers and daycare centres, their features and applications need to be tailored to the needs and preferences of the end-users, the dynamics of group interactions, and the Meeting Centres’ activity policies and settings.
Explanation and Examples:
Research through focus groups and interviews with stakeholders on potential facilitators and barriers in the A set of planned, intentional activities that aim to put into practice evidence-informed policies and practices in real-world services (see www.implementation.eu) of the social robot MINI indicated that for a successful A set of planned, intentional activities that aim to put into practice evidence-informed policies and practices in real-world services (see www.implementation.eu) of social robots in Meeting Centres and daycare centres for people with dementia, it is expected to be crucial for social robot designers and developers to consider the following recommendations to guide the design of the robotic platform:
- Evaluate the needs and preferences of the participants of Meeting Centre. Qualitative research with end-users and care professionals is essential before and during the robot development phase. This will ensure the acceptance and usefulness of the robot in such contexts.
- Given the preference for group activities in Meeting Centres over individual activities, it is crucial to integrate the robot into a group setting so that it can interact with multiple users. For example, a multi-player game could allow two or more individuals to interact with a social robot at the same time.
- Avoid designing games and quiz-like activities for use on social robots to avoid, in line with the activity policy of Meeting Centres, confronting persons with dementia with their shortcomings in activities that have high cognitive and memory function demands. Instead, fun, enjoyable, and relaxing applications and games would be most appealing and beneficial.
ThemesCommunity setting Daycare centres Dementia Meeting centres Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) Social robots
Target groupsDevelopers Researchers Social robot designers/developers
Type of evidence
Original article on conditions of successful implementation of the MINI robot in Meeting Centres for people with dementia and carers
Mahmoudi A, Franco Martin M, Van der Roest H, Castro-González A, Kouters S, Dröes RM. (2023). Potential facilitators and barriers to implementing the MINI robot in community-based meeting centres in the Netherlands and Spain. JMIR Preprints 8/11/2022:44125.