Many seniors who own pets can tell you how much they have benefited. Pet ownership can improve moods, health, self-esteem, and more. However, the responsibilities might eventually become a burden. If you have a senior in your life with a beloved pet, here are some of the ways you can help them with pet care.
- Find a mobile groomer for them or a vet that makes house calls. You could also offer to do grooming yourself or take the animal to the vet.
- If they have a dog, offer to take it on walks on specific days each week. Or maybe your loved one just needs to know you are available if they happen to get sick.
- Perhaps the burden is a financial one. Help out as much as you can with food and supplies. There might also be a pet Wheels on Meals program in your senior's area.
- Remembering to feed their pet might be what is the toughest for them. Help them download an app that will remind them of their responsibilities throughout the day.
- Call them or visit them periodically to see if they need assistance. They might be too ashamed to ask.
- If the pet your senior currently owns or desires to adopt isn't practical for them, help them to find one that is better suited for their circumstances.
The benefits of pet ownership for seniors can be amazing. Hopefully, with your help, your loved one can continue to reap those many benefits.
At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!