Care home now has robotic horses and dogs to help combat loneliness in elderly residents

17 March 2018 – Metro

To combat loneliness and provide comfort to their elderly residents, care home Kenwith Castle has taken an unusual approach with the introduction of robot horses and dogs.

KC the dog and Keno the pony react to care, making noises when stroked. They can help provide mental stimulation, companionship, and comfort to residents, particularly those with dementia, who may struggle to connect with other people. A robot animal won’t judge or react in a concerning way, and they don’t need the care a live pet would, which is why they’re such a good source of stress-reduction for the elderly.

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