Fingal Haven Hosts Trial of Japanese Made Robotic Seal 'Paro' With Dementia Care Residents

September 4, 2017

Japan has been the birthplace of many gadgets and technological advancements.

Take ‘Paro’ the robotic seal for example, the subject of peer-reviewed studies, now on trial at Fingal Haven.

Paro responds to touch, temperature and voice cues, with gentle seal-barking, blinking, eye contact and nuzzling. It even knows its name.

While it might seem bizarre, care coordinator Carole Gorman said people with dementia – often withdrawn and anxious – responded positively to Paro.