Benefits of owning a pet
Owning a dog – or indeed another type of pet – is a brilliant way of combatting loneliness in the older generation, and they even offer significant health benefits to the elderly.
There are lots of benefits to owning a pet during your later years, and here are just a few that stood out to us:
- Perfect company: talking to or stroking a dog is a valuable form of social interaction, offering companionship to someone whose social group may have narrowed as they’ve got older.
- Emotional support: owning a pet can help prevent common emotional problems associated with loneliness, such as anxiety and low self-esteem. Having an animal to care for and nurture gives an owner a purpose every day, and a sense of being needed.
- Physical benefits: having an active pet means you’ll also be more physically active. You’ll feel benefits such as enhanced cardiovascular functioning by caring for an animal.
Finding the right pet
For seniors who can’t commit to the needs of a dog, there are other pets which may be more suitable for them. Animals such as cats, small birds and hamsters will still provide owners with companionship, cuddles and a sense of purpose – the value of which cannot be understated.
Ask at your local veterinarian or pet shop for some advice on which animal would best suit your needs and living situation.
Can we still get home care if we have pets?
Having a furry friend doesn’t mean you can’t receive home care. All of our caregivers are fully DBS checked with strict references, to ensure that they can provide the perfect care for not only for you, but for your pets too.
We also spend time carefully matching our caregivers and our clients, so we’ll find someone who will love your four-legged friend as much as you do.