Senior Care in Tequesta FL
A pet can make a tremendous difference in your parent’s older years. Whether you are their sole caregiver or they also benefit from the care and assistance of a senior care provider, a furry friend can truly enhance your parent’s quality of life. Many studies have indicated that regular interaction with an animal supports lower blood pressure, better cardiovascular health, less stress, lower instance of depression and anxiety, and a greater sense of connection to the world around them. With all of the wonderful benefits that having a pet in their lives can offer, it is easy to see why it can be extremely difficult for an aging adult when that pet is no longer with them. June 7 is World Pet Memorial Day. This is a day set aside to help those who have lost a treasured animal cope with the grief and have meaningful moments of reminiscing about that special pet.
Use these ideas to help your parent observe a meaningful World Pet Memorial Day:
- Recognize the grief. Often people think of grief as only being something that is experienced after the loss of a person. This, however, is not the case. Grief happens any time there is a loss, and the death of a pet can be extremely traumatizing for a person. This is especially true if your parent has had that pet for a long time or it represents a love one that is no longer with them, such as a partner. Be compassionate and acknowledge the grief that your parent is feeling. Resist the urge to downplay the loss or to try to push your parent to “get over it”. Recognizing the grief and offering your support will show your parent that you are there for them and that you want them to feel better. This will help them to work through their emotions on their own time.
- Create a memorial. Creating a memorial with you or with their senior health care services provider can be extremely valuable for helping your loved one through their difficult time. This expression of creativity can help your parent to feel as though they are channeling their emotions into something meaningful that they can look back on for years to come. This can be as simple as decorating a frame to hold a picture of a lost pet or something much more elaborate. Encourage your parent to choose something that speaks to them and their journey through this emotional time.
- Volunteer. Often seniors who lose a pet are not interested in replacing that pet immediately. They need time to heal and to distance themselves from the freshness of the pain of that loss. This does not mean, however, that they cannot benefit from time with animals. Encourage them to volunteer at a local animal shelter. This will let them take the love and emotion that they still feel for their lost pet and put it toward something truly impactful. Improving the lives of these animals will also benefit them by strengthening their mind and supporting their emotional health. Over time they may heal enough that they are ready to open their heart and home to another animal.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of senior care services in Tequesta, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
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