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Virtual caregiver RUDY the Robot featured on TV by WUSA9
Nov 29, 2017 by Toni Reinhart
RUDY the Robot appeared on TV last week as WUSA9 looked into a real-life example of RUDY assisting an aging senior in her home. RUDY is a mechanical companion and caregiver designed for in-home care. In the 3-minute segment, which aired November 21, numerous clips of RUDY appeared as he interacted with Marie Pantalone, my mother, at her home in Fairfax County.
Marie sat on the couch and talked with RUDY while the robot told jokes, asked questions, and set up a game. Then she tested out one of RUDY's more entertaining features: dancing! Spinning on 6 wheels to an upbeat Glen Miller song, RUDY's infectious excitement even got her tapping her feet. RUDY's goal is to get seniors active and moving, and he's off to a good start.
While RUDY can interact in many ways with seniors, one main feature is his ability to hold video chats. For instance, I often have trouble reaching my mom. When I call, she won't answer. This can be very distressing! With RUDY, families can dial a special number to start the robot's video chat, and if their family member is not present, they can control RUDY remotely to search the home. The connectivity can help reduce loneliness in seniors and give families peace of mind. (I know it does for me!)
WUSA9's website also featured an interview with Anthony Nunez, RUDY's creator. Nunez's inspiration to design a robot companion for seniors came from his teenage years, when he watched his mother care for his grandmother.
Pricing for RUDY starts at $99 a day, which includes three check-ins by a professional caregiver. Longer-term discounts are available. Contact Comfort Keepers today to see how RUDY can help you!
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