If you'd like to see a senior loved one own a pet, you may wonder whether they will be able to care for an animal properly. While some physical limitations can make it more difficult, with a little help, most seniors benefit from the companionship of a pet.
Pet Pro: Something to Do Each Day
Seniors often experience depression and a sedentary lifestyle because they have little that needs done. They are generally retired and spend much of their days at home. With a pet in the home, however, the day can be more structured. The senior must care for the pet each day by feeding, watering and petting the animal. A sense of purpose can give the senior a much brighter outlook.
Pet Con: Health Problems and Pet Care
When a senior pet owner has a serious health problem, they may need to make frequent doctor's visits or even be hospitalized for short periods. This can lead the senior to worry about leaving the pet alone when this happens. However, most pets are fine when left alone for short periods. In particular, cats are generally fine when left for even a few days at a time with some planning.
Pet Pro: Spending Time With a Friend
Not all friends have two legs! For many seniors who have a strong bond with their pets, their animals are best friends who keep them company each day. This can be particularly comforting for seniors who have lost many of the friends and family members they used to socialize with. Having a companion animal in the home means always having a friend nearby.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!