Residents with dementia and their family members should be involved when planning to introduce pet robots in long-term care settings and when using pet robots.
Explanation and examples
In a consensus-building exercise involving 56 international experts (care professionals, organisational leaders and researchers), experts established the importance of including residents with dementia and their family 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 pet robots in long-term care facilities. When planning to adopt pet robots in long-term care facilities, the opinions of residents with dementia and their family members must be sought. Examples include
- Seeking their opinions on which pet robot to purchase by showing them different pet robots, and asking or observing their reactions to each robot
- Seeking feedback on their preferred ways of using robots, such as whether they prefer the robots to be individualised or shared with other residents.
When using pet robots, residents with dementia and their family members must be supported to be actively involved. For example:
- Residents may be involved in “taking care” of robots.
- Family members could provide support or use the robots as topics of conversations during visits.
ThemesCare homes Implementation research Implementation strategies Long-term care Nursing home Older adults Pet robots Social robots
Target groupsDementia care organisations (nursing homes & day care centres) Dementia researchers Healthcare professionals
Type of evidence
Qualitative study, modified Delphi study
Koh, W.Q., Toomey, E., Flynn, A. & Casey, D. (2022). Determinants of implementing of pet robots in nursing homes for dementia care. BMC Geriatrics, 22(1), 457, 1-12. doi.org/10.1186/s12877-022-03150-z
Koh, W. Q., Casey, D., Hoel, V., & Toomey, E. (2022). Strategies for implementing pet robots in care homes and nursing homes for residents with dementia: protocol for a modified Delphi study. Implementation Science Communications, 3(1), 58, 1-10. doi.org/10.1186/s43058-022-00308-z
Koh, W. Q., Hoel, V., Casey, D., & Toomey, E. (2022). Strategies to Implement Pet Robots in Long-Term Care Facilities for Dementia Care: A Modified Delphi Study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2022.09.010