Optimizing the Power of Pet Therapy with Senior Care Services
Today’s post runs down 4 ways that ABC Clinton Township’s senior care services take the benefits of pet therapy to a whole new level.
Read on to learn how we help pet-owning Clinton Township seniors have their cake and eat it, too!
Optimizing Pet Therapy with Senior Care Services
- Stay in shape. A 2017 study by BMC Public Health found that dog owners spent an average of 22 more minutes walking each day and took 2760 more steps than non-owners. Over time, these extra steps and “reduced sitting events” add up, helping your loved one stay mobile and meet the WHO’s weekly exercise recommendations.But some days, walking the dog can feel like a bit of a burden, especially if your loved one is living with mobility problems, illness, or injury. In some cases, this daily chore can even become unsafe, increasing your aging parent’s risk of slip-and-fall injury.Senior care services brings your loved one the best of both worlds. With an Always Best Care worker there to help, your loved one always has a safe exercise option available to them. But on those days they’re feeling tired, sore, or stiff, we’ll take care of it!
- Boost heart health. A 2013 report issued by the American Heart Association concluded that dog ownership was associated with a statistically significant decrease in risk of cardiovascular disease (Levine et al., 2013, p. 2353). The report also stated that those who own a dog are more likely to survive a heart attack.Senior care services enhance both of these benefits. In addition to assisting with pet care, we can help your loved one effortlessly incorporate other heart-healthy habits into their lifestyle. For instance, many of our senior care services include healthy meal preparation and medication monitoring. Further, most seniors find that retaining senior care services helps lower stress levels, since they always know they’ll have someone to help with tough tasks or assist them in case of emergency, such as a heart attack.
- Ease stress and depression. “There is mounting evidence in human and veterinary medicine that the emotional bond between people and companion animals can have a positive impact of emotional and physical health,” said J. Michael McFarland, director of Companion Animal Veterinary Operations.Many studies support the idea that pet interactions assuage stress and fight depression. But your loved one still needs human interaction. Senior care services are the perfect solution to keep your loved one company between family visits. In addition to complete care services and assistance with pet care, our companionship carers offer games, scrapbooking, support and accompaniment on social outings, and as engaging conversation as your loved one wants!
- Keep connected. Pets pull us out of the house for all kinds of reasons–walks, trips to the groomers, kibble pick-up, and so on. These outings help us stay connected to the community, which is extremely important as we age. For instance, a recent poll cited by the AARP found that almost half of dog owners made new friends while taking their pets out for walks. Our pets also foster conversation, giving aging loved ones something to talk to their grandparents, family, and friends about.But when it comes to staying connected, senior care services are always the best option. We make pet-related outings easier by providing transportation and giving your loved one the peace of mind of knowing that they’re supported at every step. The same true of any kind of social outing. Beyond providing escort and transportation to family social events, we can also hook up communications technology like Skype or FaceTime to keep them connected with their inner circle.
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Dall, P. M., Ellis, S. L. H., Ellis, B. M., Grant, P. M., Colyer, A., Gee, N. R., & Mills, D. S. (2017). The influence of dog ownership on objective measures of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults: a longitudinal case-controlled study. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 496.
Levine, G. N., Allen, K., Braun, L. T., Christian, H. E., Friedmann, E., Taubert, K. A., & Lange, R. A. (2013). Pet ownership and cardiovascular risk: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 127(23), 2353-2363.