Dogs can be great companions for our senior loved ones who are aging in place, as we discussed in a recent post, especially those who are living alone. Caring for the needs of a dog can be a challenge for some seniors, some of whom are the recipients of care themselves.
Companions with whom they can converse and who can let us know if the senior is in distress or otherwise needs assistance not only help our loved ones but provide us with peace of mind as well.
That means a dog with whom our senior loved ones can carry on conversations, can provide them information and let us know when they need help would be sort of a super companion, right?
But wait, a talking dog?
Yes, a talking dog – in a manner of speaking (pun intended, sorry).
Enter the GeriJoy companion, the closest thing we have seen to a true talking dog. GeriJoy is…
- A companion with whom our senior loved ones can carry on intelligent and compassionate conversations
- Someone in whom they can confide and share what is happening and has happened in their lives
- Available whenever the senior needs to talk, 24/7
- Our source for updates on our loved ones, not replacing interaction from us but providing insights on their well-being when we’re not there
How GeriJoy Works
GeriJoy is a tablet-based application that is internet connected and runs on the iPad and many of the Android tablets. That’s only one side of the magic, though, as it’s what is on the other end of the internet connection that we think makes GeriJoy truly amazing.
Behind the GeriJoy companion is a flesh and blood person – called a Helper – no robots or voice response systems here. The Helper is there whenever your senior loved one chooses to interact with their dog and uses the technology to instantly provide a response appropriate to the interaction.
More than just a conversational companion (as if that weren’t a lot already), the GeriJoy Helper can provide your senior loved one with pictures or news from you and information about what’s going on in the world. Seniors don’t need to have any computer skills, nor any desire to use a computer, to receive the benefits GeriJoy provides.
GeriJoy – Something Special
Ever have those “WOW, I wish I’d thought of that” moments? Or if you didn’t get the idea at least you could make money selling it? That was us when we first encountered GeriJoy at AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ Live Pitch. Theirs is an out-of-the-box product & service that has only gotten more attractive as it has developed further and as we learn more.
Many seniors could benefit if their family caregivers would learn more about GeriJoy (you can find them here) and, yes, purchase the system and the service. Sure, there’s an ongoing charge associated with the service. It seems reasonable, though, given Helpers are available 24/7 and is lower than the cost of having a paid caregiver drop in each day to chat with our senior loved ones to see how they’re doing.
We wish well to the team at GeriJoy and the families who are utilizing the service.
Do you have a story about GeriJoy in your senior loved one’s home (or your own)? If so, please share it with our readers in a comment to this post!