Caring robots are here to help

Nurse researchers and scientists developing culturally sensitive care robots say there is nothing to fear, and much to be gained, from this sophisticated technology.

Nurse researchers and scientists developing culturally sensitive care robots say there is nothing to fear, and much to be gained, from this sophisticated technology

Robots, along with sensors and telemedicine, have been identified as technologies that can assist and prolong independent living for older people, with robots especially being used to help prevent social isolation and depression.

Socially assistive robots provide assistance through interactions using speech, movements and gestures, and are already used in many settings including healthcare. But attitudes to the use of robots vary, especially in the care of older people.

A Europe-wide survey in 2015 found that 51% of respondents did not approve of the use of robots in the care of older adults or as companions (


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