Service Dogs for Senior Citizens

Posted by Mike McQuinn on January 22, 2014 | no comments

Image by Flickr Creative Commons User Beverly & Pack

Image by Flickr Creative Commons User Beverly & Pack

As you age, there are certain disabilities and medical conditions that one may need help with on a daily basis, especially if you are not in assisted living communities. A great way to receive this help is to acquire a service dog. They are not only extremely helpful, they are also great companions, a sense of security, and they are very smart.

When it comes to service dogs, there are endless possibilities for what they can accomplish. Below I have listed the most common types of service dogs and how you or a loved one might be able to benefit from one.

Brace/Mobility Support Dogs

This type of service dog provides bracing for others who have issues balancing due to disability or joint problems. These dogs can also retrieve, open/close doors and many other tasks that may help with make some lifestyles easier. They even help in time of emergency.

Diabetic Alert Dogs

This type of service dog is there to alert their handler if their blood sugar is dangerously low or high. Many of these dogs, along with other types of service dogs, are trained to call 911 on a special K-9 phone if an emergency like this or others were to occur.

Hearing Dogs

These service dogs help their deaf handler move around the world. They are trained to specific environmental sounds, so when someone is in danger, the dog can alert them. One example is if the handler is getting dangerously close to a moving car, but cannot hear, the dog will alert them of the danger.

Medical Alert Dogs

If a handler has a dangerous physiological change such as blood pressure, hormone levels and more, a medical alert dog has been trained to alert their handler or get them help. The things medical alert dogs can sense ranges.

Medical Assistance Dogs

This type of service dog helps those with medical disabilities perform certain tasks. These tasks can be simply assisting in daily tasks to much more. The functions these dogs can perform vary widely.

Visual Assistance Dogs

These types of service dogs guide their visually impaired handler around. They are trained to their surroundings, to know when this can become dangerous and when they are safe to travel. These are also known as “Guide Dogs” or “Leader Dogs.”

There are so many different types of service dogs. If you believe there is something in your everyday life that you may need help with, do some research to see if you could be eligible for a service dog.

These dogs not only help with your physiological needs, but they can also be a great companion to have by your side. They will make others around you smile as well.

At our assisted living facility, The Manor on Marston Lake, we are firm believers in the fact that pets are great for the well-being of our residents. If you have more questions about our pet policy or any other questions about our facility, call us at 303.932.9808 today!

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