The new Cats movie may have died a death at the box office but a feline of the robotic variety is proving a bigger hit with care home residents.
‘William’ has been making friends at Wicksteed Court Care Home in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
Patricia Bridge, Senior Carer at Wicksteed Court, said: “The introduction of William the robotic cat for our residents has been amazing! Many of our residents previously had pets before they required care so they are all very excited to spend time with William as he brings back fond memories for them. We have noticed our residents have become calmer, less anxious and also more socially engaged and upbeat. William provides our residents with a sense of companionship, enjoyment and for some, a feeling of purpose and responsibility.”
Residents have enjoyed stroking and cuddling William, while relatives have appreciated the calming effect the feline friend has had on their loved ones.
Research has demonstrated that robotic pets can be an effective, drug free of calming residents who live with dementia.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, added: “William, the robotic cat, is clearly helping the residents of Wicksteed Court and I support anything that improves the wellbeing of people living with dementia.”
To find out more about the impact of robotic pets on residents at Wicksteed Court, please visit the home’s website: https://www.micarewcch.co.uk/activity-highlights