Neurological Service Dogs (Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Brain Injury, Lupus)
Diseases involving the nervous system are devastating to the individual and their families. In certain diagnosis such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, etc. the disease is progressive. Over time the individual losses control of their arms and legs (as a result of the destruction of the nerves). Additionally, thought processes become progressively impaired as the disease advances. The person’s safety becomes increasingly at risk related to the disease. The individual may:
Day to day tasks become more overwhelming as the individual can experience:
The care giving tasks become increasingly needed from the person’s friends and family. Such care can be expensive or if separated from loved ones, unavailable. The goal of the service dog for these individuals is to keep them as independent as long as possible. Statistically once a service dog is placed, the individual is able to stay out of assisted living (nursing homes) an average of 3 years longer. This is an average savings of $5000 annually. Being able to stay in one's home longer and with greater independence is priceless.
Another category of neurological disorders are those which are non-progressive. A few examples are:
Individuals experiencing these type of diagnosis can have a wide range of symptoms. They may struggle with:
The goal of the service dog for such persons is to aid them in achieving as much independence as possible. Service dogs also offer companionship, decrease isolation and improve physical mobility.
Though the range of illnesses involving the brain is expansive, there are a few key symptoms that cross nearly all neurological diseases. Wilderwood focuses our core training on these symptoms. Then, in the last three months of training, we specialize tasks for each dog to the client’s specific needs.
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