“Gotta catch em all.” Is a phrase that most children, teens and adults know. Back in the 1990’s Pokemon became very popular and spread worldwide. Today’s generation knows a completely different meaning to Pokemon. On July 6, 2016, Pokemon Go appeared in the Google Play store and the app took off. The purpose of this game is to get individuals to become more active and to catch Pokemon.
However, while thousands of people, young and old are scattering to catch creatures of all types, what about the children who are in the hospital, and are not able to enjoy this new app? A Michigan Children’s Hospital is using Pokemon Go as a tool to get sick children on their feet, out of their rooms and interacting with other patients and hospital staff. The child life staff at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital of Ann Arbor Michigan, is getting the children to engage with other patients, and staff by collecting Pokemon, and stopping at a Poke stop to chat to a nearby patient.
“It’s a fun way to encourage patients to be mobile,” J.J Bouchard, digital media manager, and certified child life specialist said. “This app is getting patients out of beds and moving around.”
While there are numerous accidents occurring with the new virtual app, there are countless smiles and laughs spreading through the floors of this children’s hospital.
You can watch the video and read more on what the hospital is doing for these sick children below. Until next time!