Dementia Dog started its life as a Glasgow School of Art service design project that secured the attention and funding of both the Scottish Executive and the Design Council through the Living Well with Dementia Challenge. It is a collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland, The Glasgow School of Art, Dogs for the Disabled and Guide Dogs UK, bringing together the teams’ expertise in dementia care and provision of trained assistance dogs.
Following the successful completion of the research stage and having secured additional funding, Dementia Dog has embarked on its first small-scale pilot scheme, based at the Guide Dogs for the Blind training facility in Forfar, Angus.
We currently have two qualified dementia assistance dogs placed with individuals with dementia and their carers in Forfar.
We are still looking to recruit a number of people with dementia to match up with our specially trained assistance dogs, placing them in the person's home with full training, support and evaluation. Please note we are looking for those individuals with a confirmed diagnosis, who are in the early stages of dementia and who live at home with either families or a full-time live-in carer in the Angus area of Scotland.
Although the pilot is running for one full year, the dog will be supported to remain with the client for its full working life (where appropriate) and applicants should be happy to take part in both the research and the publicity required by the project.
For further information please click here to review the eligibility criteria, or call us on: +447938 238803.
Dementia Dog is supported by Alzheimer Scotland. Alzheimer Scotland - Action on Dementia is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland 149069. Registered Office: 22 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN. It is recognised as a charity by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, no. SC022315. Visit our main website at: www.alzscot.org