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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 173-179

The role of a disruptive digital technology for home-based healthcare of the elderly: Telepresence robot

1 USC Business School, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia
2 Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Norwegian Centre for eHealth Research, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway
3 UM-SJTU Joint Institute, China and WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth, University of New South Wales, Australia

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Donald Kerr
USC Business School, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Queensland
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DOI: 10.4103/digm.digm_20_18

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Many elderly people prefer to live at home independently. They and their relatives face challenges with respect to physical and mental health care in this environment. In addition, the traditional model of hospital-based centralized healthcare is now under stress due to the ageing population worldwide, especially in countries, such as Japan, China and Europe. Robots are now being used extensively for many different applications in business (e.g., materials handling) and homes (e.g., floor cleaning). On the other hand, researchers all over the world have been investigating the use of robots (e.g., PARO the therapeutic baby seal robot) to provide emotional support and well-being for the elderly. The EU project VictoryaHome was designed to trial telepresence robots for the care, safety and emotional well-being of the elderly across four countries in Europe and Australia. This paper examines the potential of integrated care of the elderly in their own homes and is based on the findings of the VictoryaHome project.

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