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Telepresence Robot (Giraffe)

Prof Wendy Moyle
Research Centre DCRC Carers and Consumers
Partner Institution Griffith University
Project Description

This study will use a case study design to generate initial pilot data to explore the feasibility of using a telepresence robot in residential aged care as a means to encourage communication between family and the person with dementia.

Four participants will be sought from one residential aged care facility owned and operated by RSL Care. Each participant will experience a maximum of six, one-hour sessions with the Giraff (communicating with their family member) over the course of a three-week period.

Outcome data will be collected: before the telepresence robot is introduced; during each communication session; and at the end of the three-week study period. Collected data will include: participant demographics (analysed via basic descriptives); video capture of conversations (analysed using Noldus software): and interviews (analysed using a thematic approach).


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