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"DISABILITY ASSISTANCE DOGS" PROGRAM

WHATSkilled Companion Dogs, Mobility Assistance Dogs, Signal (Hearing) Dogs, Medical Response Dogs, and Guide Dogs are available to seniors and others with disabilities to perform specific tasks at home and when out of the home.
WHYService dogs for elderly make the lives of seniors a little easier allowing them to live independently at home and increase the level of safety and self-confidence.
WHEREDisability Assistance Dogs. Davenport, IA, USA.


Program Description

Skilled Companion Dogs, Mobility Assistance Dogs, Signal (Hearing) Dogs, Medical Response Dogs, and Guide Dogs are available to seniors and others with disabilities to perform specific tasks at home and when out of the home.

Skilled Companion Dogs
are trained to assist seniors with disabilities and others in their home by performing specific tasks for home-bound seniors or others who have an illness.

Mobility Assistance Dogs perform tasks to help seniors and others with a disability get around. Examples of tasks may include pulling a senior or others with a disability in a wheelchair, retrieving, opening and closing doors, and more.

Signal (Hearing) Dogs alert seniors and others with disabilities to different sounds by making physical contact or some other behavior and then lead the person to the source of the sound.

Medical Response Dogs include Seizure Dogs, Diabetes Dogs, Psychiatric Service Dogs, and others trained to assist with medical conditions.  They respond appropriately to symptoms such as alerting when there is a seizure or high/low blood sugar levels, and then retrieve medication or call for help.

Guide Dogs assist seniors and others with disabilities around obstacles, assist in crossings streets, stopping at curbs, etc.

Facility Dogs are specially trained to provide therapeutic benefits to improve the mental, physical or emotional health of seniors in a care-giving facility such as independent living centers, senior centers, nursing homes, or those in physical therapy, rehabilitation and psychiatric programs.
Seniors can be encouraged to walk and play with a dog as a form of exercise center, or may be able to complete scheduled activities such as feeding time for the dog or grooming providing stimulation and interaction.
source:disabilityassistancedogs.org

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