Animals (namely pets) can offer some amazing health benefits for people of all ages, from young children to older seniors. These health benefits can include physical and emotional and mental. When a senior in your life has a pet, though, you may worry about his or her safety first, as you should.
When that elderly person begins struggling with some basic tasks of everyday life, one of the first instincts among immediate family is to encourage them to get rid of the pet. After all, if dad has trouble just getting up from the recliner and walking to the bathroom without support, then what is going to happen when that dog or cat or hamster (okay, not a hamster, unless he got stuck with a grandkid’s wish and they just didn’t care for it properly) decides to dart between his feet?
It’s easy to imagine every worst-case scenario, but just because extra precautions should be taken, that doesn’t mean he has to get rid of his beloved pet right now. Instead, think about what solution could support him while also improving safety while you or other family members are not around to look out for him.
Senior care is the best answer.
Not all types of senior care will accommodate a pet. Some, like nursing homes, simply won’t (can’t) allow it. However, most seniors prefer to age in place. That means they want to remain home if at all possible for as long as possible.
This type of senior care does make it possible, too, for aging men and women to remain with their beloved furry friends, in many cases. Not all cases, but many of them.
In the event an aging senior has a large dog that can pull on a leash or is rambunctious, it could knock your father to the ground, which could lead to some serious injuries. In this situation, it may be more prudent for him to consider finding a good home for his larger friend. After all, he’d likely understand his own limits right now and want what’s best for his furry companion.
How might senior care assist him with his pet?
Senior care professionals are not pet sitters. They are not housecleaners, either. They are men and women who help their clients with a wide range of supports, which may include helping your father care for the pet.
This might include cleaning out a litter box, helping take the dog for a walk, feeding the animal, making sure there is drinking water, and more.
Bear in mind that senior care is not designed to be the de facto pet walker, sitter, and poop picker-upper. They are there for the elderly person first and foremost and if their responsibilities are being interfered with by their support of the animal, they may make other recommendations.
However, while it is still safe, pets can offer comfort, security, assurance, and companionship for your father. Senior care can help him stay safe and keep that furry friend with him as he continues to age, at least for now.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Senior Care in Fitchburg, WI please contact the caring staff at Agape Senior Services Madison today. (608) 841-1004