Cute, Cuddly Seals
Fluffy, robotic and adorable, PARO seals made a positive impact in residential aged care facilities across BaptistCare, with the introduction of the therapeutic seals in Carlingford, Bangor and Leura.
The seals were introduced in addition to existing pet therapy and lifestyle activities, and have been used effectively to reduce stress levels and stimulate interaction and facilitate conversation in residents living with dementia. When placed on the resident’s lap, the fluffy robot moves, shows expression, and mimics the sound of a baby harp seal, reacting differently when being held, stroked or spoken to.
Integrated with the existing program of lifestyle activities, which include art classes, music, exercise and pet therapy, PARO seals are proving to be a great communication tool for our residents.