Elder Care in Jupiter FL
Having a pet can be tremendously beneficial for people of all ages, and especially for those who may be living alone. For a senior, whether or not they have even considered the prospect of professional elder care yet, they may be considering adopting a pet, such as a cat or small dog. June is Adopt a Cat Month and for those seniors who may be thinking about this option, they may meet with some resistance from family members, friends, or even neighbors.
After all, having a pet is a great responsibility. The senior needs to be able to take care of that animal, which could involve feeding the animal on a regular basis, cleaning a litter box, or taking a small dog for a walk on a daily basis. If the senior’s having difficulty tending to their own basic care at the moment, it could seem to be an impractical situation for them to even consider getting a pet.
In truth, a person is never too old to have a pet. Pets can provide many wonderful benefits, including companionship. Research has indicated that having a pet, or even having a pet visit the senior and where the elderly individual can pet the animal, feel the cat purr, have the dog be so happy to see them, and more can offer tremendous emotional benefits as well. It can help to lower blood pressure, stress, and anxiety.
What considerations to make when thinking about adopting a pet.
As a person gets older, they’re going to have less physical capabilities than they did when they were younger. It’s important to realize that a larger dog, whether it’s a beagle, Golden retriever, black lab, or some other breed can be incredibly dangerous for somebody with limited physical capabilities. They could pull the senior on a walk, causing them to fall and be significantly injured.
A small dog, nothing larger than 10 or 15 pounds, is more practical for an elderly individual. Cats are great pets as well since they don’t require a daily walk and are relatively self-sufficient. All the senior would need to do is clean the litter box on a daily basis and feed the cat and make sure there’s plenty of water in the bowl.
If the senior is relying on any type of home care for the elderly, they should consult the caregiver to make sure that individual is okay with a new pet, is not allergic, and may be able to assist with some aspects of the animals care from time to time.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in Jupiter, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.