Elder Care in Rowayton, CT - National Pet Month is May
You have been trying to tell your mother she should give up those three cats she’s had for years. Not only are they getting older, she can’t even seem to take care of herself in a safe and healthy way. So why should she even consider keeping a beloved pet?
Whether or not your mother is currently relying on some type of elder care or is continuing to “go it alone,” pets can be tremendously beneficial for a number of reasons.
The most significant has to do with emotional support. A tremendous amount of research has indicated that just petting an animal, having it sit next to you or on your lap, can be a powerful force to help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and stress, and improve emotional outlooks.
In the United States, cats and dogs are often considered members of the family. They are treated with reverence and taken care of as much as possible.
People spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on veterinary expenses when their beloved animal gets sick. However, when somebody’s ability to take care of themselves becomes compromised, wouldn’t it stand to reason that it’s best to get rid of any and all pets? After all, owning a pet is a great responsibility and it requires a certain level of care. For small dogs, the elderly individual would have to take it for a walk. For cats, cleaning the litter box on a daily basis is absolutely essential.
There are many things that your aging mother can do to take care of her pet. One of them is to look into hiring a professional elderly home care provider. A home care aide hired through an agency might very well be able to assist with some of the basic care for these animals. They may be able to assist the senior getting down to the basement to clean the litter box. They may be able to support the elderly client when walking the dog.
It’s important to not expect any type of home care aide to be the primary, de facto caregiver for the pet as well as the senior. It’s still the senior’s responsibility, but as long as a caregiver agrees to assist, it can be a great boost for the elderly individual in your life as well as the pets. Remember, pets become just as attached to their caregivers as we do to them. National Pet Month is May and just because your mother may be dealing with certain health issues, that doesn’t necessarily mean she should be giving up her pets right now.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Rowayton, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.