The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation has started a “Bruno The Cat’s Pet Program”, which will look to deliver lifelike cats and dogs to residents at Mackenzie Place Continuing Care Centre or those with extended stays at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital and Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.
This program was the result of a robotic cat being gifted to Bruno a Mackenzie Place resident by his daughter. The results of which exceed all expectations and resulted in a boosted to Bruno’s cognitive behavior.
Helping to alleviate depression and loneliness in our senior patients is always a top concern for healthcare workers but COVID isolation has only made this issue worse. Having a “pet” to look after or cuddle helps patients to have something to focus on and to talk about with family members.