The program, which uses robotic pets to help veteran patients and those with dementia or loneliness

Nathan Adelson Hospice, a leader in hospice and palliative care in southern Nevada, announces its newest companion pet program, “Paws @ Home.” The program, which uses life-like robotic pets, is aimed at helping hospice patients suffering from dementia, and those struggling with loneliness, including Veterans. 

There are numerous studies that show these pets provide joy, comfort, and interactive companionship to patients and peace of mind to their families and caregivers. 

A subset of the hospice’s Paws for Paul Pet Therapy Program, Paws @ Home is another innovative example of how the hospice creates comforting, compassionate services for those during their end-of-life care.

“We are so excited to launch Paws @ Home for our patients who may need extra companionship and comfort,” said President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice Karen Rubel. “We understand the impact animals can have on our mental health and wellbeing, and these adorable pets will serve as an extension of our promise to provide quality and compassionate care 

Complete with five therapeutic plush pet selections - two dog breeds and three cat options– these interactive pets provide joy, comfort, and companionship to hospice patients. The pets are designed with built-in sensors to respond to human touch such as petting, hugging and playing, and react as if they’re real without the clean-up, vet bills or worry. Funded through the Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation, Paws @ Home pets will be given to identified patients as added support.

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“Paws @ Home is yet another way we ensure our vision that no one end their journey of like alone, afraid or in pain,” said Rubel.