eHealth robot featured on the BBC
You may have seen University of Plymouth’s Hannah Bradwell talking about companion animal robots on BBC Spotlight news.
The story demonstrated how EPIC is using research insight to support local companies but also reflected the journey some care providers are taking by collaborating with the project.
Eventide, an ‘outstanding’ care home in Liskeard, who were featured in the story, are committed to innovation to enhance care, but were openly cautious about the potential impact of technology; in particular they were concerned over the reduction of personal contact, which they feel is critical for high quality care.
However, by engaging in the project; contributing to EPIC workshops, attending our conference and hosting technology showcases these concerns have been eased. The team now recognise how technology could enhance their already high level of care.
Jennifer Nancarrow-Allen, manager of Eventide “Being involved with EPIC has certainly been an experience - our residents absolutely love interacting with the robotic pets!