Community Hospice & Palliative Care Receives Robotic Cats and Dogs for Patients

Press release from Community Hospice & Palliative Care

Community Hospice & Palliative Care recently received a donation from Elder Options, provided through The Florida Department of Elder Affairs, of 100 lifelike robotic cats and dogs to help comfort socially isolated seniors and adults living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia.

“Community Hospice & Palliative Care is committed to serving patients and families as well as the communities we live and work in,” said Billie Adkins, North Central Florida Regional Director. “It is a privilege to partner with Elder Options to bring joy to our most vulnerable community members.”

These cuddly robotic pets don’t need to be fed or taken on walks; they are considered a low-maintenance option for people who are no longer able to care for a pet. The Community Hospice & Palliative Care team will distribute the robotic pets to social workers across the organization to be used to help decrease stress and anxiety for patients with dementia.

“We are thankful for the Elder Affairs grant and the opportunity to share these wonderful pets with our patients,” Wendy Crews, Community Relations Representative said. “The smile on their face as well as the focus that it gives the patient is a blessing to not only them but the caregivers as well. It helps the patient remain calmer and busy. They are truly amazing tools for our dementia patients.”