Anyone who knows me will tell you that two of my passions are animals and my work as a Private Client solicitor.
I am often instructed in cases where my clients have received a dementia diagnosis. So I was delighted to hear about the Dementia Dog Project in Scotland. The canine carers help patients remember to take their medication and assist with everyday tasks.
There is so much more assistance available now for people who require help with day to day living due to a condition or illness. That increased assistance is also reflective in the law and as solicitors we see the empowerment given to people through the mechanics of the Mental Capacity Act and the decisions which come from the Court of Protection. Planning around dementia for example is critical and legal documents such as Lasting Powers of Attorney play a vital part of this.
The idea was developed in 2012 by four product design graduates and their tutor who wanted to find out if dogs could assist people with dementia in the same way that guide dogs can help people who are blind.