Reaching a point in life when we have to decide between keeping a beloved pet or finding a new home for it is not going to be easy, especially for those who are emotionally connected and devoted to those animals. For some seniors, dogs as well as cats and other pets may often be considered dangerous by their loved ones. Hiring a home care aide or other support services may improve safety for the senior, but what about those beloved animals?
When family is encouraging seniors to get rid of their pets.
It’s easy for family members, such as adult children, to see a dog or cat as a liability and encourage that loved one to get rid of them. It’s the easy solution to a much more complicated problem. However, many people consider their beloved pets to be members of their own family.
A person wouldn’t suggest that just because they are having physical challenges they get rid of their children, would they?
While a cat or dog is certainly not the same as a human child, emotionally for a lot of people there is little difference. In fact, there are many younger generations today who don’t want children, but love pets. They consider their pets their children, but is that healthy?
That all depends on the individual, their dreams, desires, and aspirations. For seniors, there are numerous studies that show the benefits to pet ownership. In fact, having a dog that is controlled, tame, and not overly enthusiastic to the point of putting an elderly person at physical risk of harm can offer companionship.
The simple act of petting an animal like a small dog or cat helps to reduce blood pressure. It reduces anxiety and can even temper feelings of isolation and loneliness. When these simple acts are done on a regular basis, a person in their 70s, 80s, or 90s could actually have a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or other serious medical emergency.
What about caring for this animal?
When an elderly person is struggling with their physical capabilities, when they have trouble letting the dog out, taking the dog for a walk, or simply feeding it, the solution might be found in home care support services.
A qualified and experienced home care aide through an agency can be an incredible asset to help the senior maintain their independence as well as look after their beloved pet. Just make sure the agency understands an animal is living at the home, too.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Vaughan, Canada, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.
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