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    Can connected technologies improve sleep quality and safety of older adults and care-givers? An evaluation study of sleep monitors and communicative robots at a residential care home in Japan
    A sheet-shaped body vibrometer (SBV) is a type of assistive technology which offers a constant and noninvasive method of recording and monitoring the physical condition and sleep patterns of care recipients. With the aim of creating a safer environment for both care recipients and caregivers, we connected the SBV to a communicative robot (com-robot), to function as an integrated system. The robot has a sensor which activates when a care recipient tries to stand up, whereupon it sends an alert to care staff and speaks to the care recipient. The combined technologies offer an enhanced sense of security, as they watch over older people during the night, visualise sleep patterns and alert care staff. As proof of concept, this study examines the usefulness of this connected system by testing its effectiveness among two types of users (care recipients and professionals) in a residential care home in Japan. For the former, sleep parameters were investigated to see if there was any change over time in and impact on an older person's quality of life. As a measurement of quality of life, the interRAI method was used as a comprehensive assessment tool, based on which a care plan was also created for each care recipient. The interRAI is a nursing care evaluation and nursing care plan creation guideline package that provides unbroken care that can be used at home, in facilities or in the community For the latter, the study tests the level of fatigue among care professionals during night shifts before and after the intervention. For triangulation of data, semi-structured interviews and usability tests were carried out. Despite a few points for improvement, the results highlight multiple benefits for care recipients and professionals of using the SBV and com-robot integrated system in a residential care home.
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    Enhancing older people’s activity and participation with socially assistive robots: a multicentre quasi-experimental study using the ICF framework
    (Taylor & Francis, 2018-10-14) ; ;
    Socially assistive robots (SARs) are seen as part of a pragmatic solution to addressing the increasing demands, shortage of care workers and to realizing the potential of optimum integrated care. Yet their effectiveness and impact on older people’s care, activities and participation are still unknown. A total of 67 people aged 65 and over participated in a 24-week-long, quasi-experimental study in five residential nursing homes in Japan. The personalized care plan and targets were created based on the framework of the WHO’s International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF). Three types of socially assistive robots were used. The participants in the robot intervention groups showed greater improvements in their scores for targeted activities and participation than the control group. Statistically significant improvements were observed in communication, self care, and social life. SARs have great potential for improving older people’s quality of life. With further research, the use of these robots by older people could be considered as a serious option in the future. In addition, the ICF framework can be utilized further for measuring the effects of introducing SARs on older people’s quality of life.
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