From Western Australia, Jason Burton weighs in on the PARO controversy.
PARO is not a substitute for human or animal contact. That is not, and should not be, the intention of using one. Rather it is a therapeutic aid that can be used when real animals are not, or chose not to be!, available.
Like any intervention with people living with dementia it should be done within a person centred framework and tailored to the uniqueness of the individual.
We have used PARO very succesfully with SOME people in our Eden centre and it is useful addition to our supportive environment.