Independent People Homecare News

Keeping older people and their pets together at home

Getting older can be very lonely especially when friends pass away or families move far away. Elderly people find it difficult to leave the house and participate in social activities. However there is one source of comfort that benefits our elderly loved ones – having a pet. Pets bring a huge range amount of joy, comfort and companionship to our loved ones. Studies also show having a pet can relieve symptoms of depression and feelings of loneliness. Owning a pet helps older people focus on something other than their physical ailments and preoccupations about aging.

Health benefits of owning a pet

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Source of companionship
  • Motivates people to leave the house
  • Provides a fixed routine
  • Reduces obesity
  • Increases physical activity
  • Provides a sense of purpose
  • Emotional and physical security
  • Improves self-esteem

Live in care. Enabling your loved ones to stay at home with their pet

But what happens when your elderly loved one is requiring full-time care and support? One of the most distressing things for elderly people if they are considering a care home is that they are unable to bring their beloved pet. Which is why so many families are now choosing another care option – live in care. This home care option allows your elderly loved one to stay in the comfort of their own home with their beloved pet rather than face a future in a care home without them. Hiring a live in carer means they are able to care for your loved one and their beloved pet and take on responsibility when they are struggling to carry out their daily routine.

How can a live in carer help care for pets?

  • Ensure they are fed regularly
  • Taking them for regular walks
  • Ensuring they are cleaned and groomed
  • Going to the vets
  • Monitoring their safety and wellbeing

Why choose live in care?

The benefits of having a live in carer caring for your loved ones and their pets are huge. Live-in care is still a relatively unknown concept to residential care homes however it allows those who are requiring around the clock care and support to remain in their own homes and lead a dignified independent life.

If you’re considering different care options and want to keep your elderly loved ones and their beloved pet together at home – then please consider a living in carer. To arrange a FREE no obligation care assessment or to trial home care on a short-term basis, please contact us today.