Robotic Pets Bring Relief to COVID-Isolated Seniors
WAYNE, MI: These times weigh heavy on many. Seniors especially are unable to visit loved ones amid the pandemic. The unfortunate truth of COVID-19 forces many to choose isolation over the risk of deadly illness. The resulting quarantine is devastating emotionally and physically.
To bring warmth and touch back into the lives of seniors, The Senior Alliance offers the joy of a small robotic cat or puppy to lonely members of in-home programs. In a team-up with Joy for All the organization has provided 60+ robotic animal companions as a friend in trying times.
“I cannot begin to thank The Senior Alliance enough for providing the Joy for All Companion Pet!” reports the daughter-in-law of one recipient. “My mother-in-law has had pets all her life but at her age having a pet is obviously not an option. Due to COVID, her food and mail are delivered to her, leaving her literally ‘locked’ in her room with little if any human interaction. Her Joy for All Companion was a God sent! She has named him ‘Rocky.’”
Other recipients report a similar sense of comfort amid quarantine. The added reassurance of an animal companion is a much-needed solace for those in isolation. Members of The Senior Alliance support programs may receive a free companion pet upon request. The organization is currently following up with its first round of recipients to consider broader expansion of the program throughout the state of Michigan.
Contact: Kelly Faber