New robots will start working in nursing homes in Minnesota


The robots come in different sizes and are programmed to help residents of nursing homes improve their emotional, physical and cognitive health.

“Robots can go talk to them, chat with them, engage with them, and help in so many different ways,” Khan said. “We are going to tackle the delivery of care, we are going to increase the care, we will not replace caregivers in any way.”

Eight Monarch Healthcare Management will partner with UMD to have the robots in their facilities in January.

“We need to keep innovating and thinking about what we can do to make our residents smile,” said Marc Halpert, COO, Monarch Healthcare.

“They can recognize faces, they will connect the name to the face, and they will remember it, and then every time they see the person, they will say ‘Hi John, how is your day going?’” Said Khan.

Monarch said staff shortages in the industry could be alleviated by using robots at their facilities.

“I think the residents are going to have a little learning curve to work with them,” said Halpert. “It’s something fun, it’s something different, Monach wanted to be different and change the way health care is delivered.”


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