A new type of help is currently being used in the US which we don’t use here in the UK, however after reading this blog you may think we could also benefit from this service. The help comes from monkeys; they are used to help those who suffer from disability’s and also people with spinal cord injuries, there are a high number of people using these monkeys help with their day two day lives. The monkeys are fully trained and highly intelligent animals. The monkeys are likely to benefit you if you have any of the following.
- Unimpaired cognitive function
- Require help when doing day to day tasks
- Would be happy to have a partner to help and gain a trust and bond with
- Living independently and often needs assistance from family, friends and careers.
These monkeys are used to help people in their everyday lives although they cannot do some of the more complex tasks, they make great companions and can help people to a certain extent. Some people may feel comfort and companionship as the monkeys can also take on the role as a pet and well as a helper. Some of the typical tasks the monkeys can perform include helping people when it comes to turning pages, retrieving dropped items, scratching any itches, inserting straws into bottles, repositioning limbs on wheelchairs and helping turn on devices mobile phones, tablets and remotes. The monkeys live for on average 20-40 years also which allows them to cater for several people if needs be, or even just staying with their careers for their lifetime. Due to their life spans they out live dogs which people do use as a form of help, however as the monkeys have use of their arms they tend to be a lot more helpful, this is also as they are small and flexible. Dogs may not be able to help a person out In so many ways as the monkey’s as they wouldn’t really be able to turn pages and change buttons on remotes and phones. Dogs usually help those that are blind or have partial sight to get around and are really helpful for people with those circumstances.
The people that supply and raise these monkeys are a website called “monkey helpers”
“Our work involves equal focus on primates and people. We work hard to teach our service monkeys the skills they will use to help their human partners. But a great deal of our work also goes on outside the training rooms to support our recipients as well. Since 1979, Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, Inc. has been helping adults with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments throughout the U.S. live more independent and engaged lives. We do this by providing them, free of charge, with a unique service animal: a highly trained service monkey to help with their daily tasks. These animals bring more than just a willing set of nimble hands to their recipients. They also bring companionship, joy, and the renewed sense of purpose that comes from taking responsibility for the health and well-being of another creature. Our work encompasses all aspects of this service:”-Taken from here.
To watch a monkey in action please click below
Written By: Kelly Walker