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Comparison of robots for dementia care
Are health care robots suitable for the care of dementia residents? A new robot, Guide, was compared to one named Paro in a dementia facility. Each robot interaction was coded for when the resident looked at, smiled, touched and talked to each robot. Relatives were observed for their interactions. The earlier model, Paro, seemed better accepted by residents, family members and staff, although it was expressed that if Guide could be better adapted to dementia residents, it might be more useful. (Free abstract only.)  Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (1/2013)