When caregiving for a senior, the thought of caring for a pet as well can be overwhelming. However, pets and pet therapy can offer significant benefits to seniors. Animal-loving seniors can benefit from having a pet or receiving pet therapy. Although it may present challenges, many believe the benefits outweigh the risks and challenges.
Planning for Senior Pet Care
If a senior who is in need of caregiving has a pet or is thinking about getting a pet, there are many factors that need to be considered. Seniors and their caregivers should ask the following when determining whether to get or keep a pet in this season of life:
- What animal and/or breed is the most low-maintenance and easy-going?
- What assistance will the senior need to care for the pet?
- Could the animal pose a serious threat to senior safety?
- Is it possible for the pet to belong to a loved one and simply visit regularly?
- What happens to the pet if the senior cannot care for it any longer?
- Can this pet live with the senior in a facility if the senior must move? Many seniors with pets hire caregivers to help groom and exercise animals as well as to transport the animal to the veterinarian.
For tips on helping seniors choose a pet wisely, and information about the benefits of pet therapy, ! Marketing Monthlies are a great source of information, and they are also available as PDFs so you can distribute them to clients, their family members, and prospects.