David Robson, a resident of IRT Links Seaside Wollongong, was provided a robot by the Canberra-based Robots 4 Good in order to test how the device could help overcome social isolation and access to home care during the lockdown.
The robot can be used to conduct care plan and budget reviews remotely, carry out daily wellness check and, in future, could also take on the tasks of monitoring vitals and wound care in the future.
Robson has named the robot Bluey and hosted it in his home since August last year.
"Dad has been really stoked to have the robot. We've had a lot of fun with it. It follows him around his home and out onto the balcony where I can see the view that Dad is seeing. It's like having a window that looks right into Dad's world," Peter said.
IRT Group executive general manager of Home Care, Ross Gallagher, said: "If you want to see what the future of ageing in place looks like, telepresence robots could well be part of it.
"The robot has applications from a social connectivity perspective and a caring perspective. We're really excited about it."