Nov 22, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick
It is no secret that humans are social creatures. We all have a need, whether we talk about it or not, to feel wanted and appreciated. Often this need can be met by simply interacting with the people in our daily lives, but for seniors this can become challenging due to mobility issues and feelings of isolation. Luckily there is a way to find companionship in daily life, and a new sense of purpose, by adopting a pet.
Adopting a pet does come with many additional responsibilities, but the benefits often outweigh the burden of responsibility for many seniors. Feeding and walking a dog can provide a meaningful routine to your day, while a cat can serve as a companion that requires more minimal care. In the case of first-time pet owners, the research that goes into deciding on a breed to adopt, finding good parks and walking routes, and planning veterinary services can provide mental stimulation. The effort you put into choosing your new companion, and the anticipation of bringing them home with you can both add excitement to your day.
Once you have decided upon and adopted your new pet you can take advantage of the many benefits that come from being an animal owner. Imagine waking up every morning to an excited, wagging tail or soft, purring friend on the end of your bed. A house that previously felt empty will feel more like a home where you and your furry friend can create memories together. Walking a dog can be healthy for both of you, and it can also become a social experience as you find other dog owners to socialize with. If mobility is an issue, then cats can be entertained for hours with some simple toys or a laser pointer.
Along with the mental stimulation and daily activities that come from owning a pet, doctors are beginning to recognize the health benefits of pet ownership. Petting and interacting with animals has been linked to lower blood pressure and reduced risk for heart disease. Owners of animals have also reported improved mobility, decreased stress, better personal hygiene, and even improvements in sleeping. If you are feeling apprehensive about pet ownership contact your home health care provider or doctor to discuss the benefits and challenges you might face.
Whether you are a new or existing owner of a four-footed healer, Comfort Keepers home health care can help you to make the most of being a pet owner. Speak to our care specialists about adding animal care to your daily assistance or visit our friends at Consumer Advocate to learn more. Our caregivers can also accompany you on walks or help you and your pet discover new parks or pet stores to enjoy your time together. Contact our office today to find out how home health care can help you and your pet get the most out of life.