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At a Fishers assisted living facility, robots distribute and serve meals to the residents



Fishers, Indiana – Some assisted care facilities now have robot staff members, but one in Fishers is embracing their new pal “Robbie.”

Allisonville Meadows Assisted Living in Fishers is one of the new additions to some of American Senior Communities’ communities.

In order to free up the dining staff to spend more time with residents, the residents at Allisonville Medow gave their robot “Robbie,” which will serve and transport food, a name. Along with employees of the culinary team, the robot is responsible with moving food between the kitchen and dining rooms. It has trays, safety sensors, and music.

Along with their culinary team, “Robbie” will be seen delivering meals between the dining room and kitten area for residents and guests.

“Our goal in using robots is to allow our dining staff to spend more time in the dining room with residents, ensuring that their needs are met,” said Karen Powell, vice president of nutrition and culinary services at American Senior Communities, in a release.

Robots continue to increase the efficiency of food service through the many services they offer as they gain popularity in dining settings. These robots, according to a press release, are outfitted with tools that will allow them to navigate space intelligently, safely, and effortlessly. When internal weight sensors on its two trays determine that delivery has been accomplished, they know when to return to their position in the kitchen.

“Overall, our residents enjoy the robots. They understand that they aren’t replacing their favorite servers and they even have names for them,” said Powell in a release. The residents at Allisonville Meadows have named their robot “Robbie.” According to Executive Director Kaitlin Buenavides, the residents really enjoy watching Robbie moving about in the dining room. “Robbie has been such a great addition to our extended Allisonville Meadows family. The residents enjoy the opportunity to have more time to interact with their favorite servers while still receiving timely service.”

At 10410 Allisonville Road, there is an assisted living facility.