Before introducing pet robots in a long-term care facility, consensus discussions among stakeholders, such as care professionals and managers, should be conducted, to discuss whether (and why) pet robots should or should not be introduced for residents with dementia. In addition, the facility’s readiness to introduce pet robots should be carefully considered.
Explanation and examples
In a modified Delphi study involving 56 international experts (care professionals, organisational leaders and researchers), experts agreed that these strategies are critical to support 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. Consensus discussions should involve all care providers who may be directly or indirectly involved in the care of residents with dementia. Examples of discussions may include:
- The importance of bringing in/using pet robots to address a chosen problem (e.g. to address residents’ needs or support care staff in their delivery of care for residents with dementia)
- Appropriateness of using pet robots to address the problem(s), such as whether they align with workflows.
In addition, the organisation’s readiness to implement pet robots should also be assessed. Examples include:
- Assessment of financial resources
- Assessment of manpower and logistical resources (e.g. sufficient space and charging point).
ThemesCare homes Implementation research Implementation strategies Long-term care Nursing home Older adults Pet robots Social robots Training
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