If your aging relative has a pet, it is no doubt an important part of their life. However, when a senior becomes disabled due to a medical condition, you might think there’s no way they can keep their pet. It can be tempting to consider taking the pet to a shelter or rescue. Before you do that, though, you should know that in addition to helping older adults remain in their homes, elder care can also help them to keep their beloved pets. Below are 4 ways that elder care can help seniors to take care of their pets.
#1: Feeding and Watering
Of course, one of the basics of pet care is making sure the animal is fed and has fresh water. An older adult may have trouble lifting a heavy bag of dog or cat kibble or bending down to fill the pet’s bowl. It can also be hard for elderly hands to manage the latch on the cage of a small animal, like a rabbit or guinea pig. Or, they could have trouble opening a canister of fish food. Elder care providers can feed and water any kind of house pet your aging relative has, ensuring the pet gets enough nutrition to remain healthy and happy.
Animals need exercise just like people do. However, seniors may be unable to take the dog for a walk or toss toys for a feisty cat. An elder care provider can take a dog outside to do its business. They can also help your aging relative and the dog to exercise by taking them both for a walk. Or, they can toss a ball in the backyard for the dog while the senior watches, which can make both of them happy.
#3: Visits to the Vet
Pets occasionally need to see the vet for check ups or because they are ill. An elder care provider can drive both the pet and their owner to the vet. The elder care provider can also help to bring the animal into the office and listen to the vet’s directions so they can help the senior to remember them.
#4: Owner and Pet Bonding
Elder care providers can help seniors to continue enjoying time with their pets so that the bond between owner and pet remains strong. An elder care provider can pick up a small dog or cat and place it in the older adult’s lap so they can pet it. If the senior has difficulty using their arms or hands, the elder care provider can hold their hand and assist them to pet. Elder care providers can also help seniors to throw a ball for a dog or dangle a toy for a cat.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.