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How a robotic cat has helped dementia patient Doreen




A robotic cat has helped the wellbeing of a dementia patient during lockdown.

Doreen has been boosted by the Cambridgeshire County Council robotic cat. (36866595)
Doreen has been boosted by the Cambridgeshire County Council robotic cat. (36866595)

Doreen has a diagnosis of vascular dementia and requires daily support from carers within her home, supported by her daughter, who is currently shielding and unable to visit.

Cameras set up within the home showed Doreen looked increasingly lonely and isolated, spending much of her time staring out of the window.

The daughter spoke to an occupational therapist who told her about the work of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Technology Enabled Care team (TEC), which provides guidance, training and advice to citizens and professionals.

When appropriate, they can loan assistive technology to support the independence and safety of people living in the county, and it was felt that a trial of a robotic cat would be beneficial as Doreen used to have a cat herself.

They are designed to reduce anxiety and stress levels in people with learning disabilities and dementia.

Doreen has been boosted by the Cambridgeshire County Council robotic cat. (36866593)
Doreen has been boosted by the Cambridgeshire County Council robotic cat. (36866593)

It has had a positive impact on Doreen, becoming her companion.

Cllr Anna Bailey, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council's adult services committee, said: “It may seem a small thing to many of us, but it’s wonderful to see how technology like these robotic cats can be used to enhance someone’s life so much, especially as many people are feeling isolated as a result of Covid-19. Our Technology Enabled Care team provides brilliant support for those who need it.

“I’d also like to thank our care staff who continue to provide excellent help and support during the pandemic.”


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