Understanding how social robots positively impact nursing home residents as well as analysing practical challenges are important when implementing robotic assistive technology in nursing homes
Explanation and examples
An important facilitating factor to the acceptance of social robots in nursing homes is understanding and seeing how social robots positively impact residents, for example by improving the communication, decreasing loneliness, providing joy to residents, calming agitated residents or generally increasing their wellbeing. Understanding these benefits will facilitate the acceptance of social robots by staff as well as by relatives, but is also important for the resident to accept the social robot, as their acceptance will be influenced by the views and attitudes of staff and relatives.
On the other hand, one of the key hindering factors to the acceptance of social robots in nursing homes are practicalities of everyday life in the nursing home, such as storage, hygiene, finding a quiet place, scheduling time for robot use or the need to charge the robot.
We conclude, that applying an acceptance model of social robots (here the Almere Model) is an interesting and feasible way to trace facilitators and barriers of 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 technology in nursing homes, where involvement in social activities and enhancing positive experiences are important foci of interventions to improve social health.
ThemesAcceptance Dementia Implementation Nursing home Social robots Social robots implementation
Target groupsCare home & nursing home providers Care organizations & professionals Management of care organizations Nursing homes
Type of evidence
Felding, Simone Anna, Koh, Wei Qi, Teupen, Sonja, Budak, Kübra Beliz, Laporte Uribe, Franziska & Roes, Martina. A Scoping Review Using the Almere Model to Understand Factors Facilitating and Hindering the Acceptance of Social Robots in Nursing Homes. International Journal of Social Robotics (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-023-01012-1