Great news! Australia’s dogs 4 dementia program is expanding! Yeah! I remember seeing their booth at a dementia conference in 2012 thinking, wow I hope that this program continues to grow because it sure is a fantastic idea.
This is a collaboration between Hammondcare and Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA). A six to ten months training is required before the lovely dogs start assisting The assistance dogs can help to provide
– a routine
– help with reminders
– emotional support
– help around the house (close cupboards, pick up items etc.)
Here’s a video from ABC about Dogs 4 Dementia (See below), for an earlier post with more videos on dogs caring for people with dementia in Australia and in Scotland, read Happy National Dogs Day. Or click here for the ABC article on Dogs 4 Dementia.
Happy National Dogs Day everyone! I wanted to write a post to acknowledge the good work that dogs do in Dementia Care. To say a big thank you to all the beautiful canines and their wonderful owners who have selflessly devoted their time and efforts to improving the quality of care and services in dementia.
So some people may wonder, what can dogs do for dementia?
Here are some videos that can help share their good work.
Dementia Dogs help to support people with dementia and enhance their quality of lives by building a relationship together. Dogs will help in the care of the person by encouraging
- Mobility and Physical Activity
- Routines (Sleep and Meals)
- Medication Management
- Companionship, Confidence and care
To all the awesome Canines out there thank you for the wonderful work that you do and Happy National Dogs Day! I’m a day late but I wanted to say Thank you! 😀