Service dogs are not only great companions but provide rewarding benefits to many seniors. Many people believe service dogs are only for the seeing- and hearing-impaired, but research and practical experience have proven that those with dementia or Alzheimer’s are also having success with service dogs as well. With 5.3 million Americans suffering from limited cognition, four-legged creatures are being trained to bring the world back into their lives.
Benefits of Service Dogs for Seniors
Seniors feel a kinship or ownership to the service dog. The furry friend provides comfort as well as protection. Often individuals experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s may experience paranoia or fear, and these service dogs will help keep them calm and act as a barrier between them and the cause of the stress.
Service dogs can become like a therapist; they are non-judgmental. The dogs are chosen to match the personality of the individual they will be working with and the need of the individual. Some dogs can be trained to follow more commands than others. It is imperative for the animal to be unfazed by the distractions and confusions of your mother or father. It is the service dog’s responsibility to sense danger and intervene.
Dementia service dogs alongside home health care for seniors can improve your mother or father’s quality of life. The service dog is trained to assist in daily tasks that your parent struggles with. A furry friend may remove the need for other forms of assistance and also play the part of a loving companion. These animals are trained to wake their owners and reminding them where their clothes are, as well as retrieve food or medicines stored in bite-proof packaging.
Providers of at home care for seniors states that in home pet therapy dogs provide for seniors’ emotional and physical needs.
Another great benefit is the senior companionship a caregiver can provide for a dementia patient. Our caregivers at Assisting Hands Home Care in Fort Myers are especially trained to reinforce positivity and remain patient with Alzheimer’s patients as well as keep them engaged in fun activities.