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Benefits of Owning a Pet and Elder Care for Seniors

For many seniors, the convenience of having an elderly care companion is priceless. It can also be a valuable way to stay active, as pets can help seniors get up and down off the ground with ease. And then there's the obvious benefit of companionship! Pet ownership also provides more opportunities for lifelong friendships with other senior residents.

Suppose you are considering adopting an animal for your family or have recently done so. It may be worth considering elder care for your pet to provide additional benefits like this.

Pet ownership can also benefit seniors in a less obvious way. Studies have shown that having a pet can reduce older adults' loneliness and even depression levels. That's why some facilities are now geared toward senior-friendly services like this one!

Increased Happiness

Even if you've had pets in the past, there's no denying that having one can make you feel happier. Pets are known for making seniors happy and improving their moods and physical quality of life, according to recent research by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Seniors can worry less about the future when they're preoccupied with taking their dog out for a walk or relaxing on the couch with their favorite feline.

Pets also help create a sense of well-being among elderly individuals who may be facing health issues or living alone. A study published in 2014 showed that elderly pet owners had significantly lower levels of depression than non-pet owners.

Pets are not only companions but can also provide us with exercise and enjoyment in other forms.

Decreases Loneliness

Loneliness and social isolation are significant problems among seniors. In a study published in 2010, researchers found that a pet can help alleviate loneliness among older adults by giving them something to do and someone to talk to.

Seniors who own pets, whether dogs or cats, enjoy a higher quality of life and more vibrant health because they can care for another creature.

The health benefits of owning a pet include reducing stress and maintaining your cardiovascular system in good condition. Even animals as small as fish can offer a great deal of mental relief by simply swimming around!

The AVMA says that pets have long been known as a source of comfort and companionship for many seniors. The researchers behind this study say that evidence suggests that pets decrease loneliness among seniors. This could be why so many seniors keep pets at home. Pets give them someone to spend time with every day, making them happy and helping them avoid feelings of isolation.

Creating a Daily Care Routine

Owning a pet also means creating a routine to care for them properly. Elderly individuals with pets may have a higher quality of life and improved physical health. A daily or weekly schedule geared toward your pet's needs can help you feel less stressed and more productive all day long.

A good schedule, including feeding and watering times, and playtime and exercise time, will ensure that your furry friend gets the exercise they need to be happy, healthy, and secure in the companionship of their owner.

Seniors, especially those with age-related cognitive issues, tend to forget things. Creating and sticking to a routine can help your loved ones remember specific tasks and make it easier to take care of themselves.

Increased Physical Activity

A pet can also help create an environment of physical activity, which is particularly helpful for seniors experiencing a loss of mobility. While pets aren't suitable for all elderly people due to their various needs and special diets, many seniors want the companionship and exercise that pets offer.

Seniors who can't make it on their own or have been living alone for some time tend to feel a lot less secure when it comes to making sure that they're getting their daily exercise in.

Aid in Making New Friends

Having a pet can also help you make new friends. Going to the pet store, veterinarian, or dog park will help your loved one make new friends who will want to check in with them and pay a visit from time to time.

This can also mean your senior loved one joining a new community that shares their love for animals. When your loved one enters one of these communities, they can discuss their companion with others, get recommendations about pet supplies and find a shared interest with other pet owners worldwide.

Visiting Angels of Vermont Can Help Elderly Pet Owners

At Visiting Angels, we understand that providing quality senior care means focusing on all aspects of the care recipient's needs. Not only will we take care of your loved one's physical needs, but their emotional and social needs.

If your loved one has trouble taking care of everyday tasks, our caregivers can help with light housekeeping, preparing meals, and doing laundry. Our caregivers will make sure they stay in good health, using their skills and knowledge to help with the daily tasks that make life easier.

From accompanying your loved one while they walk their dog to shopping for pet supplies, our caregivers can provide various services to help your senior loved one with their animal.

Visiting Angles of Vermont can tailor our senior care services so your loved ones can focus on spending their golden years with their furry companion while giving you peace of mind.

Call us today to schedule a free in-home care consultation!

Serving Burlington, Colchester, Montpelier, St Albans, and nearby areas

Visiting Angels VERMONT
78 Severance Green #106
Colchester, VT 05446
Phone: 802-210-1108
Fax: 802-862-2788
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Serving Burlington, Colchester, Montpelier, St Albans, and nearby areas

Visiting Angels VERMONT
78 Severance Green #106
Colchester, VT 05446
Phone: 802-210-1108
Fax: 802-862-2788