MEMORY DOG EVALUATES, ACQUIRES AND TRAINS SERVICE, THERAPY AND COMPANION DOGS TO WORK WITH THOSE WITH ALZHEIMER’S, DEMENTIA OR SIMILAR CHALLENGES.
WHAT WILL OUR DOGS DO?
Our dogs are trained to provide support in the following areas:
Maintain Routine – help maintain a regular schedule for sleep, meals and activities. Act as reminders of essential daily tasks. Keeping the routine supports on-going independence and comfort.
Support Compliance–“fetch and delivery” of medications and snacks. The often contentious medication routine becomes a non-issue when your companion delivers your medication. The care giver and your Memory Dog become partners in providing healthcare and daily activities that support a healthy life style.
Promote Interactivity –engaging mind and body in therapeutic exercise and play. Leaving the house and going for a walk can be frightening for someone who is experiencing dementia. Feeling safe is a critical first step in the ongoing battle for independence and normalcy.
Provide Companionship – a trusted companion to build confidence and prevent isolation. These loving partners provide comfort in an often frightening world.
Maintain Independence – Taking care of one’s companion promotes self-esteem and boosts confidence. The goal of Memory Dog is to extend independence and a improved quality of life for as long as possible.
Social interaction brings a sense of normalcy to one’s life. A Memory Dog is hard to resist; its presence promotes conversation with both old friends and new acquaintances.
WHO WILL OUR DOGS WORK WITH?
Memory Dog provides assistance dogs to aid those with dementia and associated declines in mental ability.
Our services include working with the family and caregivers as a team, incorporating the dog into daily activities. This team concept is as important to the care givers as to the client. Making this effort a family affair supports our holistic model, all the team members are involved in creating an enhanced life experience for a loved one, while relieving some of the stress care givers often experience.
Care givers are the often-unsung heroes in dealing with this progressive condition. The family’s Memory Dog provides much-needed love and companionship to everyone in the household, including client and caregiver.