Robotic Dog Provides Comfort to Hospice Patients
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2020
ROCKFORD, Ill—Northern Illinois Hospice is excited to announce the newest member of its team, a golden puppy who also happens to be an animated robotic therapy pet.
Pet therapy is one of several integrated therapies offered to patients of Northern Illinois Hospice. A pet visitor offers many benefits including reducing anxiety, eases depression and encourages communication. A pet can also reconnect the patient with the experience of a beloved former pet. Most of it, it provides comfort to patients.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our in-person pet therapy visits were suspended leaving a void for some of our patients. Thanks to generous donors who give to our Pet Peace of Mind program, the volunteer department as able to purchase a robotic puppy. The puppy has built-in sensors and speakers so the pup can respond to motion and touch, has a heartbeat, lifelike coat and responds to voices.
Northern Illinois Hospice volunteers are now combining virtual visits with real pet therapy dogs while the patients are cuddled by the robotic dog! Join us to witness the virtual pet therapy visit with one of our patients. Patient will be virtual with robotic puppy, our pet volunteer will be at our facility.
When: Thursday, October 1 at 10:30am
Where: Northern Illinois Hospice 4751 Harrison Ave, Rockford.
Anyone entering building is required to undergo a temperature check and must wear masks.
About Northern Illinois Hospice
Northern Illinois Hospice was the first hospice provider in our region and one of the first 50 hospices in the nation. Since 1979, we have continually added to our expertise in providing guidance, care, and support that best fits our patients and families needs during life’s final months. For more information, visit www.northernillinoishospice.org
northernillinoishospice.org 4751 Harrison Ave., Rockford, IL 61108 P: 815.398.0500 F: 815.398.0588
CONTACT: Amy Mastroianni, 779.774.9817, [email protected]