WESTPORT, Conn. (WCBS 880) — An assisted living facility is using technology to give its residents some company in the age of social distancing.
Maplewood Senior Living decided to try something new to help residents in this unique time as they adjust to social distancing and combat isolation.
Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh, the chief experience & memory care officer for Maplewood Senior Living, says they've deployed Temi, a robot, to all 16 of its locations, including three in the Tri-State area.
"It's a complete personal assistant. So think of anything you could potentially need — calling a particular family member, scheduling dry cleaning, sending a message to our concierge desk. And so it really does connect them," Tornatore-Mikesh said. "Many of our residents that are over the age of 80 never thought they'd see the day that they'd have this personal robot in front of them with this vast information that they could get their hands on or connecting them virtually through FaceTime or Zoom."
Temi can throw a dance party or lead a guided meditation.
"They get a real quick out of asking Temi a question about history and the fact that Temi has the answers, they get a real kick out of that," Tornatore-Mikesh said.
Most significantly the robot helps connect people with loved ones on the outside with the help of nursing home staff.
And yes, the robot does practice safe social distancing.