Bringing a pet into your parents life can be a fantastic way to enhance their quality of life and enrich their daily living. Regularly interacting with this animal can give your parents a wide variety of benefits for both their physical and mental and emotional well-being, creating a more fulfilling life as they age in place. If you have decided that now is the right time to bring an animal into your parents home, it is important to take the time to first prepare your parents and their home for the new arrival. This will make the transition into pet ownership smoother, safer, and healthier for everyone.
Use these tips to help repair your parent in their home for a new pet:
- Talk to your parent about the care the animal will need on a daily basis and walk them through the steps of each task, particularly if they have never owned a pet before. Work together to find ways to handle these care tasks most efficiently, such as finding the best place to walk their dog or where they should keep a litter box.
- Identify the care tasks that they will do on their own as well as those that will be managed or supported by you or a home care provider. Reassuring them that they have help and support in taking care of this animal can make them feel more confident and ready to receive the benefits of pet ownership.
- Make sure that their home is properly equipped with all of the supplies that the animal will need, including food and water dishes, food, bedding, toys, a leash for a dog, a litter box for a cat, and other items. Having these on hand when the animal comes home allows for an easier and more beneficial settling in period.
- Identify the areas of the home that will be used by the pet, as well as those that your parent wants to make off limits. Take steps to delineate these areas, such as setting up the food and water bowls and bed, and putting a baby gate across the doorway to rooms that they do not want the animal to access.
If your parent has been struggling with needs that you do not feel that you can meet efficiently, your own challenges and limitations have increased and your ability to care for your parent has changed, or you simply feel that they would benefit from a wider, more diversified care team, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent to fill care gaps, manage care tasks that are too difficult for you or that are not comfortable for you or for your parent for you to handle, and help them to pursue a lifestyle that is as independent and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. This can ease your stress, support your own health and well-being, and help to keep your relationship with your senior meaningful and beneficial throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved one is considering home care services in Apache Junction, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.