Did you know that between 5-8% of individuals over age 60 have dementia? Around the world, this means 50 million individuals are suffering from the disease. For reference, that is more people than are currently residing in the country of Spain, measured this year. Many families across the world are adjusting to their loved one’s changing needs and personality as a result of this disease. Typically, families have to make many adjustments for the affected family member. And the family might even help them relocate to a more supervised situation.

As a result of this diagnosis, Caretakers must also put some contingency plans in play. Usually, family members will to re-home any beloved pets. (This due to the fact that the Patient one day might not have ability to care for fluffy Fido). And this can be a very devastating transition for the Patient. Pets become a comforting part of our homes; they seem like family to us as time goes on. But they can be difficult to care for as we age, and even more difficulties arise with Dementia.

Enter: Robotic Pets.

Recently, a focus has been placed on the merging of technology and the comfort of pets in Dementia care.

So, in an effort to provide a solution for families who need a way to fill a pet-sized hole, the robotic pet was created.

By entrusting Dementia Patients with a robotic pet, Caretakers can alleviate any fear of the pet’s needs not being met, and the Patient can feel the anxiety-reducing effects of having a furry friend, as well as still having some control and responsibility in their life. Certainly, Dementia can bring an aspect of confusion and difficulty to a Patient’s life. However, this new measure provides a way to cope with difficulties in an innovative manner.

This new robo-pet encourages interaction, alleviates loneliness, and provides a fresh new take on a disheartening diagnosis. In the past, these life-like robotic animals have retailed at $2,000+. Now, consumers can get their hands on one for $100-500. They are currently more available to the public as a whole.

In past blogs, we’ve investigated the benefits of “doll therapy,” “pet therapy,” and even the role of technology in home care. As you may know, dolls and pets alike have shown to provide a cuddly companion to any elderly Patient. And technology can help us achieve once impossible interactions with each other. So now, Patients can stay in touch with loved ones over Skype, and keep their minds sharp with interactive word games. They can even find their favorite recipe on Pinterest or take a chair yoga class on YouTube!

This innovative new aspect of care presents a synergy of all these studies. Above all, it ingeniously connects comfort and technology in an affordable manner.

Here at At Home Quality Care, we are already embracing technology and its benefits for our Clients with Dementia.

We present each of our Clients with the option to have their very own tablet, for memory games, old radio applications, video calls and more. One of the most popular Apps with our Clients is “My Talking Tom,” an app where Users can adopt and care for their very own feline. While this virtual pet app can provide similar benefits to a robotic pet, the Client can also bring out and put away the app as needed. Tom the cat needs to be fed and talked to, even pet, and make sure he gets his cat naps! Our Clients feel a sense of ownership and companionship that they might no longer be able to gain from their beloved family pets. And some even adopt quite a few “virtual pets” to take care of!

Ultimately, any innovative effort we make to help our Clients through a diagnosis or ailment can make a huge difference. Whether it be a robotic dog or a digital cat, we want to make their lives more full!

 

Sources:

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dementia

https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/why-robotic-pets-dementia-care-may-be-next-big-thing-ncna990166

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