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ORIENT

The ORIENT project is encouraged within the framework of JOINT PROGRAMMING INITIATIVE „MORE YEARS, BETTER LIVES“ – THE POTENTIAL AND CHALLENGES OF DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE.

Within the consortium, it will be jointly examined how the introduction of new technologies can be improved in the sense of co-creation in the field of care. In particular, the use of care robots should be considered. Up to now, barriers to the acceptance of care robots and deficiencies in the use of care robots have impaired efficient use. In order to overcome these obstacles and shortcomings, new methods and models are to be developed within the framework of ORIENT, which will enable the effective use of the technology – particularly the needs of older customers and their relatives will be given special consideration. Nurses, care services and other stakeholders from the private sector, the public sector and the non-profit sector should also be considered within this field of innovation.

More information at www.robotorientation.eu or https://digitales.nrw/de/schaufenster-digitales-nrw/projekte/orient-roboter-fuer-die-pflege.

The ORIENT project group has drawn up a roadmap to robotics in nursing care as a consequence of many enquiries.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Kirsten Thommes, Julia Hoppe

Partner: Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland; Mälardalen University, Sweden

Supported within the Horizon2020 Initiative by the BMBF, 01st April 2018 to 31st August 2020

 

 

Publications


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2020

Pekkarinen, S., Hennala, L., Tuisku, O., Gustafsson, C., Johansson-Pajala, R.-M., Thommes, K., … Melkas, H. (2020). Embedding care robots into society and practice: Socio-technical considerations. Futures, 122.


Pekkarinen, S., Hennala, L., Tuisku, O., Gustafsson, C., Johansson-Pajala, R.-M., Thommes, K., … Melkas, H. (2020). Care robots in society: Knowledge and orientation needs. Gerontechnology. https://doi.org/10.4017/gt.2020.19.s.69664


Johansson-Pajala, R.-M., Thommes, K., Hoppe, J. A., Tuisku, O., Hennala, L., Pekkarinen, S., … Gustafsson, C. (2020). The need for care robot orientation in elder care services. Gerontechnology. https://doi.org/10.4017/gt.2020.19.s.69574


Johansson-Pajala, R.-M., Thommes, K., Hoppe, J. A., Tuisku, O., Hennala, L., Pekkarinen, S., … Gustafsson, C. (2020). Care Robot Orientation: What, Who and How? Potential Users` Perceptions. International Journal of Social Robotics, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-020-00619-y


Thommes, K., Johansson-pajala, R.-M., Gustaffson, C., Pekkarinen, S., Tuisku, O., Hennala, L., … Hoppe, J. A. (2020). Trust development in care robots by opinion leader in the society. Gerontechnology. https://doi.org/10.4017/gt.2020.19.s.70024.4


Hoppe, J. A., Johansson-Pajala, R.-M., Gustafsson, C., Melkas, H., Tusku, O., Pekkarinen, S., … Thommes, K. (2020). Assistive robots in care: Expectations and perceptions of older people. In J. Haltaufderheide, J. Hovemann, & J. Vollmann (Eds.), Aging between Participation and Simulation - Ethical Dimensions of Socially Assistive Technologies in elderly care (pp. 139–156). Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110677485-009


2019

Johansson Pajala, R.-M., Thommes, K., Hoppe, J. A., Tuisku, O., Hennala, L., Pekkarinen, S., … Gustafsson, C. (2019). Improved Knowledge Changes the Mindset: Older Adults’ Perceptions of Care Robots. In J. Zhou & G. Salvendy (Eds.), HCII 2019 (Vol. 11592, pp. 212–227). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22012-9_16

This paper explores Finnish, German and Swedish older adults’ perceptions of a future welfare service with increased use of welfare technologies, specifically care robots. The issues are the rapid digitalization and development of health and welfare technology, which presently is mainly technology driven (not need or user driven), and the demographic challenge. The aim of the study was to explore older adults’ perception of the future use of welfare technology or care robots. A qualitative approach with focus group discussions was employed, followed by thematic analysis. The results are presented in four overall themes: the impact on daily life for older adults and professional caregivers, codes of practice and terms of use, dissemination of information and knowledge, and conditions for successful implementation. There were significant differences in the informants’ attitudes toward and knowledge about care robots. However, the informants’ attitudes appeared to change during the focus groups and in general, became more positive. Authentic needs, which care robots could support, refer to independence, safety and security, and the ability to manage or ease daily life or working life. The results suggest that older adults, after receiving relevant information, were open to the idea of being supported by care robots in their daily lives.


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