Stuffed animals robot for seniors in NURSING homes

Des toutous robotisés pour les aînés dans les CHSLD

When the doggies have been introduced to a few beneficiaries, the smiles were instantaneous.

20 December 2019 4: 00 am

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Stuffed animals robot for seniors in NURSING homes

Des toutous robotisés pour les aînés dans les CHSLD

Melanie Side

The Daily

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They purr, mew, jappent and jerk off the tail. They roll sometimes even on the back, but they do not bite ever. Thursday morning, they have sown a lot of happiness in the hearts of the residents of the accommodation Centre Jacques-Cartier. These are not real animals, but rather of the doggies robot that have been created specially to keep company to the elders.

In total, there are 52 toys that will be distributed in the CHSLD Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie. The initiative is born thanks to a generous donation of a Full Subaru and in collaboration with the Foundation of my life.

“The seniors are the forgotten greats. […] This initiative, I want it deeply, will likely make a small difference in the hearts of our seniors and their families, and their might still believe in santa Claus and feel that it really exists, even without a big white beard “, stressed Lina Tremblay, owner Full Subaru, in a press conference.

When the doggies have been introduced to a few beneficiaries, the smiles were instantaneous. One of them has a little hesitated, has decided to take the dog rather than the cat, but after a few minutes, it may be assumed that a relationship was on the point of draw. “I don’t like the real one. I like it better that way ! “, she said.

Des toutous robotisés pour les aînés dans les CHSLD

When the doggies have been introduced to a few beneficiaries, the smiles were instantaneous.

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Another resident has flattered the little cat, gave him kisses, while a gentleman was cradling the animal in him, singing to Make dodo.

“These are animals robot which will enable us to make activated as we did with the pet therapy traditional, with the risks and inconvenience in the least. It will allow us to have animals at all times, day and night, for the entertainment of the residents, for boredom, anxiety, in situations where they need to give comfort, ” said Marie-Claude Dion, chief of the nursing unit at the accommodation Centre Jacques-Cartier.

A worker skilled in pet therapy is already moving in the accommodation centres two or three times per month, but for other times where this type of therapy would be necessary, the benefits were not available.

“Sometimes, when we put these animals in the presence of our residents, smiles break out, tears of joy also. It may remind them of a former pet. This allows them to self-soothe in a situation of anxiety, of aggression, of resume contact with reality, ” said Ms. Dion.

Des toutous robotisés pour les aînés dans les CHSLD

Lina Tremblay, owner Full Subaru, and Marie-Claude Dion, chief of the nursing unit at the accommodation Centre Jacques-Cartier, presented the benefits of their stuffed animals robotic.

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The number of stuffed animals available by the centre will be determined according to the number of residents.

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