February 26th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
When making any big decision, such as whether or not to get a pet as a senior citizen, it helps to carefully weigh your options. They are many positive aspects of owning a pet, but there are also a few drawbacks to consider.
For starters, having a pet can be a lot of responsibility. Feeding and cleaning might be the bare minimum for some pets such as fish, but others, such as dogs or cats, require much more responsibility. Even if these and other challenges could be met, it still might not be enough for a senior looking for more. Sometimes we want someone to converse with, laugh with, or play card games with on a regular basis, and a pet simply can’t provide these, but another person can. Pets also may require significant attention, expose you to possible allergens, and there may be expensive food and maintenance costs.
However, there are many positive reasons to own a pet as a senior citizen. Pets provide emotional support, positive health effects, and mental stimulation. Pet therapy is real with its benefits having been well documented, and many people, seniors and non-seniors alike, find the right pet for their needs and lifestyle. Reductions in stress, anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline, to name a few, have been well-noted. The benefits of pet therapy are wide-ranging and easy to notice.
There are a number of ways that the caring staff at Loved Ones can assist your loved ones in having a quality life in their senior years. Simply call and find out what plan can work for your needs and help your family live well using in-home care.