Are In-Home Robots the Future of Senior Care?

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Telehealth Robot Interface

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing in collaboration with the engineering department of the university are planning to launch a project to bring Senior Care telehealth robots into the homes of local seniors.

Maple Knoll Village Retirement Community, in Springdale, Ohio is the location for the learning project.

In January, the nursing and engineering students will work together to send the robots to conduct physicals.

The robots have two way viewing consoles that allow for the patients to see the doctors’ faces and the doctors to see their patients from remote locations.

After the initial launch into the retirement home, the UC students will hold forum meetings with the residents to discuss the viability of robot usage in their own home.  The robots could be equipped to provide comprehensive management of those with chronic diseases like diabetes and congestive heart conditions.

The ultimate goal is to assess the possibility of one day providing in-home doctor visits for many older adults in the area.

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