Vets with dementia in D.C. area can get free robotic pet

Veterans living with dementia in the D.C. area can get a free robotic companion pet. Photo credit Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans suffering from dementia can now receive free companion robotic pets through Capital Caring Health.

According to a VA blog post, families within Capital Caring Health’s service area from Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are eligible for the robotic dogs and cats. These pets are proven in numerous clinical studies to provide joy, comfort, and interactive companionship to dementia sufferers, and peace of mind to their families and caregivers.

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Capital Caring Health is one of the nation’s oldest non-profit advanced illness care and hospice providers. In its service area of Washington D.C., Maryland (Montgomery County, Prince Georges County), and Virginia (Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County), it cares for approximately 15,000 patients every year, including 3,000 to 4,000 veterans.

At this time only veterans with dementia who live in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia (Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County), and Maryland (Montgomery County, Prince Georges County) are eligible to receive a free companion robotic pet.

The pets arrive ready to enjoy and interactively react to human touch and voice, similar to a real pet. There is no need to feed or walk or clean up after them – just enjoy their love, the post notes.

A veteran in the service area suffering from dementia is eligible to receive a pup or a cat free of charge thanks to the generosity of individuals and organizations like The Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Veterans with dementia, their caregivers, or approved VA providers within the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia regions should complete the form to request a free Robotic Dog or Cat to be shipped directly to you while supplies last. This is an exclusive limited-time offer.

Delivery times may vary but should not exceed six weeks.

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