Below are some real stories experienced or narrated:
The first test
When we had the very first prototype I took it to the special housing for people suffering of dementia we had cooperated with in the development process. I was a bit disappointed of the look and functions of the prototype, also the professional caregivers had their doubts. However, we took the robot cat and went to a caring unit. Therese the Occupational therapist, asked an old lady, drinking coffee in the living room if she would like to meet a robotic cat? Yes… the lady answered. Therese started the robot cat and handed it to the lady. Directly she accepted the cat and hold it like a baby to her chest and looked into the cat’s eyes. She really acknowledged the cat and started to talk to the cat, and told the cat about the nine cats she had owned in her former life. As a nurse and nursing researcher it was important for me to not fool or stupidize…… So I introduced myself, and respectfully told her: you know this is not a real cat, it is a robotic cat…
With emphasis she answered me: I know! But, you know, this cat do not need neither to be feed or use the litter tray!
Eric and Ulf
Ulf and Eric had a very nice father-son relation. Ulf really cared for his father Eric, living with late stage dementia at the special housing. Ulfs’ story is that his father, which I some way had lost his of ability to speak (a common dementia symptom) recuperated his speaking ability due to JustoCat®. Ulf told us that his father was very fond of JustoCat® and took care of it. The cat was always with him, either beside him in the bed, in his lap or lying on his walker. Ulf said: despite the fact that the cat had a meaning and was important for my father to care for, we had something to talk about. We could talk about the cat (Eric named it Knäppen, due to the breathing sound), to talk about the meals or the weather was so limited and meaningless. I experienced that JustoCat® gave my dad a meaning; increased quality of life, in his last days. When dad died I sat on his left side of the bed holding his hand, on the other side was JustoCat®…..
Martin an assistant nurse, a professional care giver
I am proud having technology as support in my work in care of people with late stage dementia, JustoCat® is an instrument for interaction, communication and it gives us something common to talk about and interact with. To use JustoCat® in my care for the patients, gives a moment of rest, wellbeing and a time to relax together, focusing on JustoCat®. I think JustoCat® is a tool for increased safety and security…