A study of the possibilities and effect of assistive robots in the intramural elderly healthcare

R.F.J. Bemelmans

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This study examined the use of social robots in nursing homes for people with dementia – an uncomfortable topic for many people. Together with professionals, the study examined whether and how the robotic seal Paro can help to improve healthcare. Three applications were developed and implemented in three different nursing homes. Over one hundred residents and over forty healthcare professionals (nursing home doctors, psychologists and nursing assistants) participated in the study. The research found that robots can have a significant added value in the healthcare sector if they are used accurately. They helped to improve the residents' moods (less agitation and aggression and more activation) and made it easier for healthcare providers to carry out their daily tasks, such as washing and dressing residents, administering medication and giving pedicures. As a result of this study, the robotic seal will be implemented in several healthcare institutes.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • de Witte, Lucas, Supervisor
  • Jonker, P.P., Supervisor, External person
  • Gelderblom, G.J., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date11 Nov 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789090293622
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • social robots
  • dementia
  • robotic seal

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