Senior Care Fun: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

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Senior Care Fun: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month



Senior Care in Weston, CT

Senior-Care-in-Weston-CTHaving a pet can be a tremendous benefit to your aging loved ones, enhancing your senior care plan and improving their quality of life. Spending time interacting with a dog can lower your senior parents' blood pressure, ease their anxiety, ward of depression, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, and create a sense of importance and accomplishment. Activities such as playing with and walking with their dog also promote higher levels of physical activity, boosting their health and strengthening their bodies.

This October, enhance your parents' lives and make a difference in the lives of an animal in need by participating in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. This month-long observation is the perfect opportunity for you to give your parents a furry companion who will make a bright spot in their days and further your care efforts in a way that is loving, compassionate, and good for the community.

Shelter dogs may have ended up in the shelter for a variety of reasons, including being strays, abandonment, seizure from puppy mills, or rescue from dangerous situations. These animals make wonderful pets and are often in dire need of homes. Selecting one of these dogs is also far less expensive than purchasing a dog from a breeder.

Use these tips to help you make a difference in your parents' lives and the lives of an animal during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month:

• Know what you need. Before you head to the shelter, check the adoption requirements so you are sure you bring everything you need with you. This may include personal identification, a completed application form, and possibly a leash or carrier to use to bring your new furry friend home.

• Discuss beforehand. The animals available for adoption at shelters usually run the gamut in terms of size, breed, age, and personality. Trying to choose can be overwhelming if you do not have a plan ahead of time. Talk with your parents about the type of dog that they think they would like, and get advice from the elder care agency or staff at the shelter about what type of animal would be best for them. This way you can narrow your focus once you get to the shelter and see only dogs that fit your guidelines.

• Take your time. Spend time with prospective animals to start to get used to each personality and temperament, and see which dog feels like a match for you and your seniors. Most shelters have areas where you can meet dogs that need adoption and may even let you take them for walks to see if you bond. Use this opportunity to find the animal that is going to be the right match for your family.

• Prepare the home. Make sure your seniors are set up for success in taking care of their dog before you even go to the shelter. Purchase everything they will need for this care, including leashes, food and water bowls, food, toys, shampoo, pads, a bed, and any other accessories the shelter suggests.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Weston, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

Jay Kiley
Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as a senior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the  five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife ,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing firsthand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family. 

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