Cats and dogs make great companions for seniors. Although the type of pet really depends on both environment and personality. Environment is important when it comes to how big and how active the pet, and how one might care for the pets needs. Does this pet prefer indoors to outdoors? Will the pet need a yard or be able to have walks throughout the day? How able will the owner be, or how available the caregiver? Personality is also very important when choosing a pet. Some pets may want to focus on other things instead of the owner or be too active and playful. Its very important that personalities match. And best to introduce a new companion first, before making your decision final. Some pets are happy sticking to their owner, with the job of protecting them in exchange for loving words and pats, a small “lap dog” perhaps. Or if you’re looking for a companion that’s more low key, loves a blanket, and grooms itself…a cat would be ideal!
Adopting a pet not only helps seniors mentally and physically, it is also very helpful to senior dogs and cats so desperate to find homes.
That’s right, pets are not only just good company, they also have the amazing ability to heal. They can relieve stress
fight depression, and even get someone more active. All of which can have an overall effect on health, adding years to ones life.
Senior Living…… With pets.
Seniors staying at home with their pets can be a task, but not always a difficult one.
Know who to talk to, and how to manage things ahead of time. This can make things a whole lot easier.
Staying in the comfort of your home is always best, although this will depend on just how physically able the person may be.
From in home caregivers to those hired to stop by and assist them “Right At Home”,
there is always help available.
Choose from a reputable company, one that does thorough background checks. Always be selective and careful.
Introducing new technology
into the home can assist with daily needs such as finding keys or making sure the stove has turned off.
Moving to a senior facility with a pet….
Moving into a senior living facility doesn’t always mean giving up the pet you have come to love so much.
Today more facilities have become pet friendly, making it easier to accommodate seniors along with their pets.
Although that doesn’t mean you are able to take along a 150lb mastiff. Their will always be restrictions and safety concerns.
Check with your local senior living agency for more information on places that welcome pets with seniors.
You cannot or do not own a pet?
Many senior facilities will have pet therapy programs. Pet Therapy
has become more popular these days. Check ahead of time to see if this might be something available in the facility of interest.
Many studies have shown time, and time again without a doubt that pets can improve the health of seniors both emotionally and physically.
They are indeed a great part of our health and happiness!
There are so many senior pets looking for homes that are already trained, calm, and looking to be loved. Senior pets are a great match as they too are just seeking love and comfort in their golden years.