Lean Elderly Assistant – LEA

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The Lean Elderly Assistant, or LEA, is a robot which is designed to enable the elderly to live independently in their own home. Although the elderly are generally healthy and relatively mobile with no cognitive impairment, they can still suffer from symptoms due to their age and related impaired physical health and limited physical mobility. In these cases, LEA can offer help with daily routines and housekeeping. It also stimulates the elderly to stay active and therefore can be used in rehabilitation.

The Lean Elderly Assistant assists elderly in ADL / IADL (instrumental activities of daily living) tasks. It gives support while walking, sitting down and standing up. Furthermore, LEA will be provided with an option for the functional transfer of goods in the household, like picking up objects and transferring them. In this way, LEA is able to help the elderly with the problem of general muscle weakness and tremor.

Cognitive software will be added in in order to enable LEA, for example, to remember and recognize objects, faces, and places. Furthermore, LEA will be able to recognize actions and protocols and state within those protocols, as well as sensor readings / perceptions that lead to a state change and possibly deviation of a protocol. This helps monitor daily routines like eating, sleeping and exercising but also find objects, support the memory of the elderly and monitor the taking of medicine.

Robot Care Systems (RCS) designs and builds autonomous healthcare aids for the care market. With the use of robotic technology, we create products that provide support to elderly and help them to more actively and safely spend their time. In this way, elderly can live longer independently in their own home.

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