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Assistive robots in care: Expectations and pereceptions of older people
University of Paderborn, Germany.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (PrILiv)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7490-6735
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9821-9945
Lappeenranta-Lahti University of technology, Finland.
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2020 (English)In: Aging between Participation and Simulation, De Gruyter Open, 2020, p. 139-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
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This chapter analyzes older people’s expectations and perceptions about welfare technology and in particular about robots in elderly care. Assistive robots may serve as a means to prolonged autonomy in old age as well as support for nursing staff. Justified by a rapid change in the health care sector, the need to focus on user driven and not technology driven development of assistive robots must be emphasized to ensure an adequate and sustainable orientation process toward assistive robots. This study presents an inventory of the expectations and perceptions of older people regarding assistive robots, by conducting a qualitative approach with focus group discussions. Our findings reveal that seven themes in particular need to be addressed in order to improve older people’s perceptions of robot technology: (1) independence and safety, (2) physical and mental assistance, (3) communication and socialization, (4) relief to nursing staff, (5) individual’s right to decide, (6) data protection, and (7) liability. Additionally, the focus group interviews stress that dissemination of information on how robots can provide assistance may change older people’s attitudes towards technology

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De Gruyter Open, 2020. p. 139-156
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-48031DOI: 10.1515/9783110677485-009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85102740053OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-48031DiVA, id: diva2:1432161
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