This toy parrot provided me with 2-3 hours of stress free caregiving every day for over 3 years.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
Most caregivers assume this parrot won't work for them. In almost every case, over 500 caregivers, it worked. You might pay about $20 for one hour of respite care. You can buy this parrot for around $20. By my own estimate this parrot provided me with about 3,000 hours of respite care at a cost of less than one cent (.006) per hour.
Where do I find the article with the parrot? I would like to order it and try for my mom.
I too have been wanting to buy one for Eléonore but haven't found one in New Zealand, so I reluctantly ordered it from Amazon without the possibility of a demonstration and the outrageous Amazon shipping rate.
IT'S ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! We received him yesterday.
The quality is very good (fairly heavy so nice and stable). He has beautiful colors, is soft to touch. His beak and wings flap as soon as he hears a noise. Mother whistles to him. He has a "sweet" look.
Unfortunately ours has a defect - his microphone doesn't work and no sound comes out of him.
But it cheers Mom so well that we're going to try again to get another one.
At the same time we ordered it, I ordered a little toy parakeet. It'actually meant to keep a live parakeet company as it has a sweet chirp as soon as it detects movement or touch. I've put it next to the parrot, almost touching. So when the parakeet chirps, it gets the parrot flapping its wings and moving its beak.
I had not turned them off when we had gone out yesterday and when we came home we were greeted by this beautiful chirping and flapping - some small moment of joy for both of us.
To learn more and to get the parrot read this article.
Most caregivers assume this parrot won't work for them. In almost every case, over 500, it works. You might pay about $20 for one hour of respite care. You can buy this parrot for around $20. By my own estimate this parrot provided me with about 3,000 hours of respite care at a cost of less than one cent (.006) per hour.
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