Better Health for Seniors with a Companion Animal

Many individuals intuitively believe they derive health benefits from relationships with their pets.  Scientific studies also support this belief. Companion animals play a vital role in many people’s lives. In addition to dogs that are trained to detect seizures and seeing-eye dogs, pets can also be used in physical rehabilitation, speech therapy, or occupational therapy. Along with these therapeutic roles, pets are also valuable companions, which can positively improve the quality of our lives.

The better we understand this animal-human bond, the more we can use it to enhance our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Approximately 62% of American households have a pet, and most of these households think of their animal companions as members of the family. In fact, studies have shown that people with pets get more exercise, have healthier hearts, make fewer visits to the doctor, and are less depressed. Pets can also be amazing companions for the elderly.

If you live in South San Francisco, California and would like your elderly loved one to have a pet to keep him/her better engaged in life, the senior care South San Francisco CA caregivers from Always Best Care can help your loved one take care of his/her pet. Continuing studies on human-pet interaction show both the therapeutic and extensive benefits to seniors living with a companion animal, and the associated positive economic and social influences for local communities and the society at large. Elderly care South San Francisco CA providers, such as ABC, also understand the importance of animal companions for the elderly, which is why they train their caregivers to care for seniors and include their pets.

Our health includes emotional, psychological, social, and physical well-being. Research has been conducted on the relative health of people who own pets and those who do not. The results suggest that pet owners generally live a longer, healthier and happier life. If you are concerned that your elderly loved one will be burdened by a pet, call a trustworthy in-home care South San Francisco CA provider and you will be pleasantly surprised to know that most dependable caregivers will be ready to help your loved one take care of a pet.

By simply being in the presence of an animal, your elderly loved one will feel less isolated and lonely. Moreover, he/she will have someone to interact with and talk to in the house. Even the simple act of petting can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Also, you need to understand that pets can help the elderly live more active lives and have a sense of purpose. For example, if your loved one has a dog, they can go on walks and play every day, which can help promote physical exercise. Additionally, caring for a pet can give him/her a sense of routine and purpose each day.


Hiring an Assisted Living South San Francisco CA Provider

Before surprising your elderly loved one with an animal companion, ensure it is something he/she wants. A good elderly care provider will advise you on what is most appropriate for your loved one. Learn more about how elderly care services can help your loved one live more comfortably, independently, and safely by contacting  Angela Encarnacion at (650)-634-8270 today for a free consultation.


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