The Evolution of Retirement Living
Robot Helpers to Engage & Entertain
We are in a quality-of-life crisis for older adults and their caregivers. We need to introduce innovative solutions to support staff in assisted living and for those aging at home. Social Robots can help!
In retirement and nursing homes, adding ‘Visits with Mindy’ to the activity schedule provides engaging and entertaining group events including music and movement. Social robots can also be used for 1:1 visits (brain games, video calling, etc.).
Social robots can also support family members and homecare providers leveraging cameras, smart speakers and other capabilities.
Impact of Social Robots
Engage the Brain and Body
Reduce Sadness and Loneliness
Connect people to each other
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 (2021-2022):
of residents had limited or no
(27.5% in Yukon to 51.6% in BC)
had a diagnosis of dementia
(49.7% in Saskatchewan to 64.3% in ON)
exhibited signs of depression
(10.8% in Manitoba to 40.5% in the Yukon)
Mindy likes to have simple conversations, play games, music and more! Our social robot can help recreation staff to better engage with 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
What can social 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
Share family photos
Play videos and audio books
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.
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.
Mindy brought lots of joyful moments to our residents. I enjoyed participating in the pilot study and learning how to work with a robot.
Over the past year, the founder of Social Robots has been interviewed on over a dozen podcasts and participated in webinars and the first in-person industry conference since the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were removed.
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.