Caregiving Robots: Movie Shines Light on Near Future Possibilities

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 28 August 2012

Coming soon to a theatre near you: Robot & Frank. Coming soon to a hospital or assisted living community near you (and maybe even your own home)? Caregiving robots.

LeadingAge covered the release of this new and somewhat controversial movie about an older man, Frank, who lives at home alone until his son decides a robot would be good company:

Watch the trailer below:

Though critics have classified the film as science fiction, per the LeadingAge article, “robot engineers around the world know better.” Robots performing as caregivers is not a thing of the distant future; if the cost of engineering, designing and producing these caregiving companions weren’t an issue, we might be using them more widely already.

Still, many may feel unsure or unsettled about using robots to care for seniors, especially in assisted living where one-on-one human attention is already lacking. Check out our article, featured on McKnight’s Long Term Care News, to read all sides of the issue: Eldercare Robots: Ethical, Efficient or Eerie?

Sound off: What do you think of using robots as caregivers?


There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. Rachel Albrecht says,

    I would hate to see the human interaction taken out of caregiving. I work as a caregiver and the human connection is soooo important! Technology is good, but cannot take the place of a human being:)


    on 29 August 2012 / 8:27 AM

  2. That’s an excellent point, Rachel. Human connections are extremely important, and yes, though technology can be helpful, it cannot replace that. Appreciate you stopping by the blog and sharing your thoughts!


    on 29 August 2012 / 9:02 AM


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