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Pet therapy services for senior adults with disabilities.
Perhaps more than any other group, senior-age adults can easily become isolated. This is especially true for seniors with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD), autism spectrum disorder, or traumatic brain injury. One of the most popular services is our pet therapy program. PAI partners with dedicated volunteers who bring their service dogs to our locations weekly. These encounters lift the spirits and bring many other measurable benefits to the lives of clients in our day programs for senior adults with disabilities, such as helping improve their range of motion.
Trusted, canine companions provide a fun and natural way to learn new skills and practice current skills. Therapy dogs have been proven to assist in decreasing the isolation of people with disabilities. Regular visits from therapy dogs help to facilitate socialization and build self-confidence, cognitive skills and motor skills – all important outcomes for PAI clients in our pet therapy program for people with disabilities.
The volunteers who bring trained therapy dogs for weekly visits to PAI facilities, offer clients the opportunity to:
Improve their social skills
Increase their range of motion
Receive sensory input
Improve their mood