Things to Keep In Mind before Getting a Companion Animal
Dogs are the perfect companion. Although true for those of any age, it is especially true of seniors who need the unconditional love and happiness a dog can bring into their life. Since an active lifestyle is essential for good health, both the owner and dog benefit to the playtime and outdoor exercise the dog requires. For adults living alone, “animals can reduce the feeling of loneliness or isolation.” Research has also found that pet owners take better care of themselves, maintain lower blood pressure, rebound faster from illness, and have a lower risk of heart disease.
What you need to consider:
• Before getting a pet for a senior loved one, be sure the person truly wants a pet and is able to handle the day-to-day responsibilities like food, veterinary care, as well as other expenses.
• You need to choose an animal whose personality is compatible with the potential new owner. Would they want a dog, a cat, or any other pet?
• If you’re purchasing a pet for the first time, make sure you’re prepared to be a responsible co-owner, along with its destined companion.
The right animal companion is the perfect way to keep older adults active, help them feel needed and loved. Always Best Care is one of the leading senior caregivers in Monroe who will provide your loved one with the level of support they need to continue living more safely and independently as they age in place. Call them today at 318-322-2223