Dogs for Dementia | Recruitment

Picture3Currently in the recruitment stage, The Dementia Centre, HammondCare is working with Assistance Dogs Australia to match 8 assistance dogs with carers and their loved ones living in the community with dementia.

How can the Assistance Dog provide support?

  • Prompting with things like taking medications and hydrating
  • Mobility support tasks like opening doors, picking items up (eg. Remote control)
  • Barking alert to danger
  • Nudge draws and cupboards closed that have been left open
  • Companionship and emotional support
  • Trained specifically to match a person’s needs
  • No upfront costs to participate, including the cost of the dog
  • Vet and food bills will be paid by the program for the first 12 months

Some things to consider…

  • Cost of dog will transfer to the owner after the first year
  • Carer will need to support training of the dog
  • Must love dogs and have no allergies
  • Preferably no other dogs currently at home
  • Be prepared for dog slobber, picking up droppings, dog hair – grooming
  • Dogs will need to be walked daily

To apply:

  • There must be a diagnosis of dementia and living with a caregiver
  • Participants must be living in NSW or Victoria
  • A willingness to participate in the evaluation process, which occurs just prior to receiving the dog, and then 6 and 12 months afterwards.

2015-09-07 15_10_50-Dogs 4 Dementia A4 colour flier (1).pdf - Adobe Acrobat Reader DCIf you know someone that would benefit from this program, further details can be found on the website at:

Alternatively your clients can contact The Dementia Centre on (02) 8437 7355 with further questions or fill out the attached expression of interest form.

Final D4D EOI Form 10 June 2015


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