Residents benefit from generous donors
Generous Carinity supporters have helped to bring more smiles to the residents of our aged care communities across Queensland.
Donations to our 2022 Christmas Appeal have assisted Carinity to purchase one dozen new robotic companion pets for seniors in our care to enjoy.
Residents living in all 12 of Carinity’s aged care communities now have access to the life-like therapeutic toys which sound and move like real animals.
The electronic dogs and cats, which respond to hugging and petting, have physical and psychological benefits for older seniors, including those living with dementia.
“Along with living therapy animals, robotic pets are becoming an increasingly common sight within aged care settings. This technology is bringing much joy to our residents,” said Carinity Brookfield Green Residential Manager, Vijay Autar.
“Studies have shown that these cats and dogs can enhance the wellbeing of older people. The companion pets can help to improve people’s moods, communication, interaction with others, and can be a comforting presence.
“Some residents living with dementia who are unresponsive to other therapies may brighten up, pat and talk to the companion pet. Other users will reminiscence about the animals they owned in their younger years, prompting them to share their own pet stories and happy memories.”
According to Cassandra Donald, the Customer Service Coordinator at Carinity Summit Cottages in Mount Morgan, residents have been delighted to meet their new furry friend.
“The cat has been a welcome addition to our community. The residents love her. They each have made up their own name for her,” said Cassandra.
The generosity of Carinity’s selfless supporters resulted in the recent Christmas Appeal being one of our most successful fundraisers in recent years.
The average amount gifted to the Christmas Appeal was $110. An amazing 22 per cent of all donors contributed financially to Carinity for the first time.
As well as the purchase of robotic companion pets, money raised through the Christmas Appeal will support Carinity’s chaplaincy programs and our youth and community services.
If you or someone you know wishes to make a financial contribution to Carinity, they can donate at the Carinity website or by calling 3550 3737.