As a healthcare professional, you have a variety of post-injury/post-diagnosis care options and treatments available to your patients living with spinal cord injury and other mobility impairments. These options include the addition of a service animal to help them achieve greater independence with activities of daily living. Helping Hands service monkeys are trained to help adults living with paralysis due to injury or illness if the patient also:
- Has unimpaired cognitive function
- Lives in an independent home environment (often with the assistance of family or caregivers)
- Requires help with everyday tasks within his or her home
- Would welcome the emotional benefits of the human-animal bond
This is an interactive relationship. A Helping Hands recipient must be able to direct the care and behavior of their service animal, and follow guidelines in training, health, and diet for their monkey in order to be successful in our program.