A systematic review has examined the evidence on the reported advantages of robopets (defined as small animal-like robots with the appearance and behavioural characteristics of pets) and the effects of robopets on the mental health and well-being of older residents in care homes. The reviewers conclude cautiously that robopets do have potential for benefiting people living in care homes, through increasing engagement and interaction.
“Engagement with robopets appears to have beneficial effects on the health and well-being of older adults living in care homes, but not all chose to engage. Whether the benefits can be sustained are yet to be investigated”.
Abbott, R. Orr, N. [and] McGill, P. [et al] (2019). How do “robopets” impact the health and well-being of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence. International Journal of Older People Nursing. May 9th 2019: e12239. [Epub ahead of print].