Dogs at home and Dogs in the community
We provide dog-focussed services both in the home and community environment for people living with dementia and their carers. Read below to discover more:
Dogs at home
Dementia Family Dogs – NEW SERVICE
This new service aims to provide online guidance and support for families living with dementia who are considering getting, or already have, their own family pet dog.
Our new information booklet can be downloaded here and is packed with handy hints and tips to help guide you through the decision of getting a dog.
During 2021 we’ll be running a series of online workshops and webinars for:
- Workshops for families living with dementia who are looking for guidance in a new or existing pet dog partnership support. To register your interest for future workshops please click here.
- Professionals in the canine industry who would like to learn more about supporting families living with dementia and their own pet dog. Watch our introductory free webinar which welcomed 200 people across the industry in January 2021. Watch this space for details on upcoming future webinars in autumn 2021.
Dogs at home
Dementia Assistance Dogs
Highly trained dogs with full public access rights, providing full time support for families living with dementia.
PLEASE NOTE WE CURRENTLY HAVE NO DOGS AVAILABLE
Dementia Assistance Dogs are placed full time at home, where one person is living with an early stage diagnosis of dementia and the other is their full time carer.
Following a successful match to an applicant family, we then tailor the dog's skills to their specific needs, providing highly tailored support to help with daily routines such as waking, eating, taking medication, exercise, socialising and sleeping patterns.
In addition to supporting with practical tasks, the dogs act as a wonderful social bridge and conversation starter when out and about, helping families feel more connected as a couple and in their community. Importantly, they are a constant emotional anchor as the condition progresses, providing love and companionship for carers to help them with the daily challenges associated with looking after their loved one with dementia.
You will recognise one of our Assistance Dogs by their green working jackets which clearly display the Dogs for Good and ADUK logo. Assistance dogs have full public access rights, enabling them to support and accompany their owners wherever they go. This includes public transport, doctors, hospital appointments, cafes, restaurants and shops.
All our current dementia assistance dogs are now trained and happily placed with families so please note we don’t at this current time have any further dogs available.
Dogs in the Community
Community Dog Sessions
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPTING ONLINE REFERRALS FOR OUR COMMUNITY DOG SESSIONS.
Email us to make a referral to our team.
This pioneering Animal Assisted Therapy approach broadens our reach beyond assistance dogs, to support people with dementia who may live alone or are unable to have their own dog.
Working closely with health & social care practitioners, together we deliver structured, goal focussed sessions for people with dementia. Therapy sessions are tailored to help each client overcome challenges they feel they encounter due to their diagnosis.
We are seeing incredible outcomes for people with dementia, from supporting with daily routines such as getting up and dressed in the morning, to helping build confidence to catch a bus and re-connect into local groups.
Our Community Dogs act as natural diffusers of anxiety to form trusting bonds with our clients - resulting in fun, engaging weekly sessions.
Watch our explainer video to find out more!
Dog Day Events
PLEASE NOTE OUR DOG DAY EVENTS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD.
IF YOU RUN ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA AND WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP TO OUR VIRTUAL DOGGY BINGO please email us to book a taster session.
For anyone at any stage of dementia able to come along, Dog Days are fun, social group events and an opportunity for gentle interaction with trained pet dogs in a dementia friendly environment.
The focus is on fun, making friends and having a good chat! Trained volunteers will be at hand with their pooches to help everyone enjoy the special company and comfort that only a dog can bring.
Families and carers are welcome at these events, where local staff are happy to provide any support or advice you may need associated with living with dementia.
As this Dog Day programme develops, dates and locations will be posted on our calendar of events.