A new AAL project
Guardian - The social robot to support independent living
I’m Guardian, the social robot companion who supports home care nurses and helps seniors to maintain independence in their own homes.
Guardian sets (small) personal goals together with the senior and caregiver. He lets the senior be in control, but supports the senior when needed by monitoring the senior’s activity and providing reminders, suggestions and compliments.
Guardian has a friendly and calm personality. Guardian learns who the senior is and what matters to him/her. He loves to talk about a person’s favourite topic, the weather or to tell jokes.
Guardian senses the senior’s overall activity and health and will inform the caregiver about the person’s well-being. He is able to send a request when (extra) care is needed or when the care plan should be adjusted.
GUARDIAN is a European research project that provides an innovative approach to support caregivers by means of a social robot that:
- Provides information about the situation at home to the caregivers through human-robot dialogue and through sensing;
- Provides daily structure for the senior through reminders to eat or drink or take medicine.
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As life expectancy increases, so too does the cost of healthcare. This is especially true across Europe where a large portion of the silver economy is driven by the care needs of people choosing to live independently at home longer. In addition to the challenges this situation poses for governments and the wider health eco-system, it places an additional responsibility on carers and family members to provide specialised, home-based care, especially for people living with dementia.
A social robot can be of great use in times of a pandemic
The University Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) in Italy is involved in, among others, the technological development of social robot Guardian. Researcher Sara Casaccia: ‘In providing care services, a social robot like Guardian can limit the trips to hospital and the GP for older persons and their informal carers. This is beneficial in times of a pandemic’