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Draper, H.

Care, Monitoring, and Companionship: Views on Care Robots from Older People and Their Carers

This paper is a discussion of some of the ethical issues relevant to the use of social robots to care for older people in their homes, drawing on qualitative data collected as part of the Acceptable robotiCs COMPanions for AgeiNg Years project. We consider some of the tensions that can be created between older people, their formal (professional) carers, and their informal carers (for example friends or relatives), when a care robot is introduced into the home of an older person.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

Ethical Dimensions of Human-Robot Interactions in the Care of Older People: Insights from 21 Focus Groups Convened in the UK, France and the Netherlands

We briefly report the method and four findings of a large-scale qualitative study of potential users' views on the ethical values that should govern the design and programming of social robots for older people. 21 focus groups were convened in the UK, France and the Netherlands.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Robots and the Division of Healthcare Responsibilities in the Homes of Older People

This paper briefly describes the method of a qualitative study, which used focus groups to elicit the views of older people and formal and informal carers of older people on the ethical issues surrounding the introduction of social robots into the homes of older people. We then go on to sketch some of the tensions and conflicts that can arise between formal carers, informal carers, and older people when trying to negotiate the task of dividing care responsibilities, and describe how the introduction of robots may exacerbate, or ease, these tensions.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Can a Service Robot Which Supports Independent Living of Older People Disobey a Command? The Views of Older People, Informal Carers and Professional Caregivers on the Acceptability of Robots

Sustaining independent living for elderly people in their own homes is desirable for various reasons. As older people become frail or disabled, a ‘gap’ appears between the abilities they still have and the abilities that are required for independent living. To a certain extent robots may close this gap by providing functionality lost through frailty or disability. A scenario was created involving a re-enablement coach robot. This scenario was discussed with older people, informal carers, and care professionals in focus groups in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and France.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09