Robot Helpers to Engage & Entertain

The Evolution of Retirement Living

To properly support and care for older adults, retirement homes need innovative solutions. Social Robots can help!

Introducing ‘Visits with Mindy’ to the activity schedule provides engaging and entertaining group events. Our robots can also be used for 1:1 visits for those who aren’t ready to join a group activity.

Impact of Social Robots

Engage the Brain and Body

Connect people to each other

Reduce Sadness and Loneliness

Having a visit with Mindy is an enjoyable experience. 
Our robots can reduce loneliness, boredom and social isolation for residents. Robots also support staff to engage with more people.
Social robots offer innovative ways to de-escalate and divert attention when needed.

Magnitude of the Problem

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) Profile of Residents in Residential and Hospital-based Continuing Care (2019-2020):

42.9%

of residents had limited or no 
social engagement
(33.8% in Yukon to 50.8% in BC)

61.6%

had a diagnosis of dementia
(47.7% in Saskatchewan to 64.1% in BC)

24.5%

exhibited signs of depression 
(10.9% in Manitoba to 37.3% in the Yukon)

 Meet Mindy

Mindy likes to chat, play games and music to engage and entertain residents.

Provide Joyful Moments:

Residents and staff are delighted to meet Mindy and learn what she can do

Increase Social Engagement:

Enable people to interact with robots and each other

Improve Cognitive well-being:

Games and content designed for older adults

Support staff:

Fast and Easy to learn; allow staff to connect with more residents

 What can robots do?

With only 15 minutes of training, recreation staff (or volunteers) can easily learn how to be robot handlers.

Chat/ Talk (text to speech)

Play music, sing songs

Dance and move

Play games

Share family photos

Play videos and audio books

Video calls

Smart Speaker

 Research Results

Social Robots received a Community Foundations of Canada, Investor Readiness Grant in January 2021 that allowed us to test our social robots in a retirement home and long-term care facility in Halton region. We also self-funded a field test at a retirement home in Windsor.

96% of residents wanted to see Mindy again after their first meeting

Average duration of 1:1 resident visit with Mindy: 41 minutes 

Average time spent in group events in retirement home: 80 minutes 

Thank you to Chartwell Lakeshore (Burlington), Bennett Village LTC (Georgetown) and Seasons Retirement Communities (Royal Oak Village) for participating in our 2021 pilot studies.

Testimonials

What People Say about Us

Based on our initial field testing, staff love working with Mindy and reported that the robot enabled them to connect with more residents. Family members who can’t visit in person as often as they would like are also pleased to learn about Mindy.
They were happy to share photos through a private portal.
“Brilliant!”

We continue to embrace opportunities to learn about new technologies to support and enhance engagement and independence. We were delighted to welcome Mindy for a 4-week visit at Seasons Royal Oak Village.

Stephanie Sanborn

Senior Director, Innovation & Education, Seasons Retirement Communities

Mindy brought lots of joyful moments to our residents. I enjoyed participating in the pilot study and learning how to work with a robot.

Baillie Vandeventer-Ortiz

Lifestyle Program Manager , Chartwell Retirement Residences

 Pricing

Depending on your location, we can bring (or transport) Mindy to your residence for an introductory visit. If you wish to have Mindy travel to more than one location, consider a 2-week trial.

Once you are convinced of the impact Mindy can have, sign up for a lease or contact us to discuss a purchase and maintenance agreement.

Intro Visit

$250

2-week Trial

$1,000

Lease To Own

$1,200/mo.

Purchase

CALL TO DISCUSS

All prices are FOB St Catharines plus applicable taxes.
* Rate applies to a minimum 3 month lease agreement. Contact us (email: lee@socialrobots.ca) if you wish to discuss purchasing one or more robots for your retirement community or long term care facility.

Resources

If you are interested in reading more about the impact of robots, getting into the details of our pilot studies, or want to download a training manual or our brand book, please visit our Resources page.

 Partners

Social Robots is an AGE-WELL NCE Start-up Affiliate and a client at Haltech Regional Innovation Centre.
We are thankful for the support of the Community Foundations of Canada and Oakville Community Foundation (2021 Investor Readiness Program).

Head Office:
34 Royal Henley Blvd.
St Catharines, ON L2N 4S1