There is no bond quite like that between a person and their pet. Studies have shown that having a pet has numerous benefits and can even bring happiness to their owners. A growing body of research highlights the importance of the human-animal bond and concludes that there is evidence of the health and social benefits of people having companion pets.
Here are 5 reasons why pets make great companions for seniors in elderly care:
1. Social interaction. Your senior receiving elderly care at home may not have many options for social interaction besides that of their daily caregivers, and having a pet can help with that. Besides the increased opportunity for exercise, your senior also has a better chance for meeting new people while out with their companion animal.
2. Gives them purpose. For some seniors, especially those that may be homebound or suffer from complex medical conditions or grief, having a pet that needs to be fed, loved, and cared for on a daily basis can be just what they need to look forward to their days while receiving elderly care at home. Having their own responsibilities, and understanding that a pet relies on them for care can be important in giving them a sense of love and purpose.
3. Health benefits. Studies have shown that having a pet can have positive affects on health such as the lowering of blood pressure, decreased triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and an increase in serotonin which is considered a natural mood stabilizer which can reduce depression, anxiety, and maintain bone health.
4. Helps with loneliness. Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients who participate in pet therapy were comforted by a pet’s ability to provide nonverbal forms of communication. Another study looked at seniors who reported feelings of loneliness who were at risk for serious mental and physical health conditions, including early death. The study concluded that the group most likely to report feeling lonely were the seniors who lived alone without a companion animal. For seniors getting elderly care at home, there may be times before or after a caregiver is there, when having a companion animal means that your loved one is never alone.
5. Protection. Besides the comfort that comes with having a pet with them at all times, animals can offer protection to seniors who may at times be home without another person. Whether out on a walk around the neighborhood, or home alone when someone comes to the door, having a pet can offer personal protection and burglars have even reported that barking dogs are a deterrent to breaking into homes.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING HIRING ELDERLY CARE IN AHWATUKEE, AZ, PLEASE CALL THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE SCOTTSDALE AT (480) 284-7360. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!