Robots in nursing homes – reality or utopia?

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Today, more and more people are living to old age. Accordingly, the scale of the task of preserving not only physical but also mental health is growing. Modern problems require modern solutions – artificial intelligence comes to the rescue. The results of a recent experiment in the UK showed the benefits of robots in communicating with the elderly. But what about trust?

Intelligent interlocutors

In a relatively recent joint experiment The University of Bedfordshire, Middlesex University and the Advinia Health Care nursing home network involved a social robot named Pepper, who possesses knowledge of human cultural preferences, is able to have interesting conversations, ask questions and respond to answers. It was found that people who spent up to 6 hours with him for two weeks experienced significant improvements in mental health and much less loneliness.

According to the researchers, we are not talking about a complete replacement of human personnel, but robots will partially relieve the huge burden on hospitals and nursing homes, as well as help get rid of loneliness and deteriorating mental state. It is known that robotic nursing assistants are already being used in countries with high numbers of elderly people, such as Japan. However, the role of social robots is precisely in open communication.

Don’t rush to innovate

How likely are they to be used at home? Financial considerations aside, few people have confidence in AI for care and treatment. As shown interview Institute for Statistical Research and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University Higher School of Economics, only 19% of respondents agree to entrust a robot nurse to take care of their elderly parents, 14% are ready to go under the knife of a robot surgeon, and only 10% can leave their children with a robot educator. People would be much more willing to use the services of robotic helpers around the house (66%), couriers from a store (62%) or legal consultants (53%).

New geriatrics center in Moscow

But although Russia is still a long way from robotic nurses, there is good news. A modern geriatric center will be opened in the capital. how reported on the mayor’s website, at least 100 people will be able to comfortably live and undergo rehabilitation there. According to the head of the Department of Investment and Industrial Policy of Moscow, Alexander Prokhorov, the center will be open until 2022.

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