Allyson joins the Senior Access Team

 

You may have noticed a new staff member here at Senior Access in recent days, Allyson.  Allyson is our Facility dog and hails from Canine Companions for Independence®. She is a Labrador/Retriever mix and was born November 9, 2014.  She was trained and placed free of charge by national non-profit Canine Companions for Independence®

Motivation and support comes in many forms, including a cold nose and a warm heart.  Allyson will assist staff member and handler Kitwana “Kit” Lewis during his work with Senior Access Club members. “Allyson provides our Club Members with a sense of warmth, motivation and purpose,” said James Ward, Executive Director of Senior Access.

Allyson was trained and placed free of charge by national non-profit Canine Companions for Independence. Since 1975, Canine Companions has bred, raised and expertly trained assistance dogs in over 40 commands designed to assist people with disabilities or to motivate and inspire clients with special needs.  Allyson can pull toy wagons, push drawers closed and retrieve all kinds of items.  Allyson has specific commands that allow her to interact with Club Members in a calm and appropriate way.  Allyson also paints, bowls and plays ball with Club Members.
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