Companion Pets


Companion Pets and People Living with Dementia 


Those of us that love pets, or who have always had pets, know how much comfort, company and fun they provide us with in everyday life. We tend to talk to them, sit with them, and enjoy interacting with them.

 

Maybe surprisingly to some, the same feelings seem to be enjoyed in response to interacting with our Companion Pet Cats and Companion Pet Dogs.  

 

Older lady with Golden Pup companion pet

 

Joy for All companion pets were developed to provide companionship for people whose living arrangements are not pet-friendly, or in situations where caring for a pet is impractical. They are now enjoyed in a variety of settings by people of all ages, from small children through to the very elderly. 

 

Often used to provide a soothing focus and activity for those living with dementia, or for children who find focus a challenge, the predictable responses, realistic vibrating purring, little woofs and responses to petting seems to help people to feel calm and safe. They are also a very welcome comfort to those spending time alone, people grappling with anxiety, agitation, or low mood, or where illness or immobility reduce the opportunities for interaction outside of the home.  

Companion pet ginger catFor Lifestyle Coordinators, Companion Pets can be great to get a conversation going or to comfort someone who may appear to be down. With the ability to respond to touch, feel and movement, these pets can feel like the real animals we know and love, just wihtout the need for special care and feeding. As such, they are very popular in private homes, nursing homes and care facilities where people might find it difficult to care for pets or pets are not permitted in the premises.


Research has shown that the interaction, motion and sounds from these robotic companion pets lift the spirits and enhance the well-being and quality of life of individuals, providing a focus in their environment which helps to reduce anxiety, agitation and loneliness.  

 

Some key findings from recent studied on Companion Pets, is that they have:

  • Helped increase interaction with fellow residents and others around them
  • Provoked memories for residents
  • Increased feeling of self-worth particularly for those that may feel isolated at times
  • Decreased feelings if stress and anxiety
  • Increased physical activity

 

Older gentleman with companion pet cat

 

For those that are wondering …. most people are fully aware that the pets are not real, but they laughingly tell us that this does not stop them chatting to their companion pet dog or cat (and they do respond and “talk” back, as each companion pet has sight, sound, and touch sensors). It is quite easy to forget that the cat purring on your lap while you watch TV, or the cute little snores from the pup are not from a real live pet. 

 

The creator of the wonderful companion pets, Ageless Innovation, also provide evidence-informed training to help caregivers and facilities understand how Companion Pets help reduce distress and anxiety in people living with dementia.

 

 

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