Assessing the Use of Communication Robots for Recreational Activities at Nursing Homes Based on Dementia Care Mapping (DCM)

  • Teruko DoiEmail author
  • Noriaki Kuwahara
  • Kazunari Morimoto
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9745)


Using information communication technology (ICT) and communication robots (hereafter referred to as “robots”), we examined a system to assist recreational activities at nursing homes. The system relies on visual content to deliver a variety of recreational activities, from exercises to reminiscence therapy. Robots support those activities by interacting with nursing home residents. These systems are currently being evaluated at various elderly care facilities, where the prototype has been installed. This report will review the recreational contents that are currently under examination and the outline of the assessments, as well as the summery of the data that has been gathered so far and the effectiveness of this service suggested by the summery.


Dementia care Communication robot Recreation activity 



In realizing this research, we would like to thank NTT West Japan and NTT East Japan for coordinating the assessment and providing us some of the equipment. We thank Vstone Co., Ltd. for providing the robot, and thank Smile Plus Co., Ltd. for providing us some of the visual contents. We thank Super Court Co., Ltd., Care Port Osaka Nishi Suita Center, Social Welfare Corporation Zenkokai – Butterfly Hill Hosoda and Setagaya Day Service Center for participating in the study. We also would like to thank all DCM mapper for helping us with DCM evaluation. And a part of this study received the assistance of JSPS KANENHI Grant Number 15H01698.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teruko Doi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Noriaki Kuwahara
    • 1
  • Kazunari Morimoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Kyoto Institute of TechnologyKyotoJapan

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