Robotic Cat for Dementia Patients Breathes, Purrs and Meows
JustoCat increases dementia sufferer's psychological, physical and social well-being
JustoCat is a robotic therapy cat developed for people with dementia and mental disabilities. It was created thanks to a collaboration between robotics researchers and healthcare researchers at Mälardalen University in Sweden.
JustoCat was designed with the assumption that many individuals have memories of spending time with cats, so they linked this to the ‘reminiscence method', using memories from the past. It has been developed and tested in consultation with patients and professional caregivers in Swedish dementia care, where it demonstrated positive results such as calming down outacting dementia patients and improving quality of life.