Unlock The Power Of Pet Therapy For Seniors With Home Care Services


Unlock The Power Of Pet Therapy For Seniors With Home Care Services

Numerous studies now show that Human-Animal Interactions (HAI) enhance aging outcomes, and our home care services can help your loved ones reap all the health benefits without any of the hassle.

Read on to review research on the power of pet therapy and find out how we can help make life better for mom and dad, or call (586)-690-7500 to speak directly with a home care service coordinator near you.

The Power Of Human-Animal Interactions In The Home Care Setting

There’s no denying the power of pet therapy in home care settings. During a recent meta-analysis, Gee et al. (2017) found evidence that:

  • Pet therapy fights depression. Animal-assisted activities and therapy is associated with reductions in depression symptoms for all demographics, although “these effects are particularly apparent with populations in elder-care institutions and assisted-living facilities” (Gee et al., 2017, p. 1417).
  • Pet therapy fights anxiety. Pet therapy was shown to reduce anxiety for seniors living with and without dementia, as well as those requiring the use of wheelchairs or walkers, and with other mental illnesses.
  • Pets offer social support for lonely seniors. HAI has been shown to reduce loneliness, and improve quality of life, mood, and social interaction in both long-term and elder-care facilities. Additionally, several studies have indicated that pet owners are less likely to report feelings of loneliness, both because pets make great companions, and because pet ownership often acts as a catalyst for human social interactions (e.g. you may meet someone and chat while out walking your dog).
  • Pet owners are healthier, less prone to falls. Pet owners typically walk more than non-owners. As such, pet owners are more likely to maintain their strength, balance, and cardiovascular health as they grow older, and they are less likely to suffer slip-and-fall injuries as a result.

Unlock The Power Of Pet Therapy With Home Care Services

Whether your loved one is aging in place or living in a long-term care facility, pet ownership can be a great way to keep them happy and healthy.

Of course, there are some drawbacks, too, from cleaning up accidents in the home to making time for walks, veterinarian visits, and food purchases. But with our home care service there to support your loved one, they can reap all of the health benefits without any of the hassle.

These are just a few of the ways we can help your loved one get the most out of pet ownership:

  • Automate daily pet care with home care services. Intrigued by the health benefits of pet ownership, but not willing to burden your loved one with a furry dependent? Leave the pet care to our home care team. We can assist with walks, kitty litter changes, accident clean-up, food purchases, and anything else you need.
  • Keep the home care environment clean. Pets can make quite a mess, whether they’re shedding all over the carpet or shredding their favorite chew toy, but our home care team can handle it all as part of our regular housekeeping service.
  • Simplify veterinarian visits with home care services. Trips to the veterinarian can be stressful for the owner and pet alike, but not with Always Best Care by your side. Our home care team can schedule your veterinarian appointment, transport your loved one to-and-from the office, keep them company in the waiting room, and fill any pet prescriptions that may be needed on the drive home.

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References

Gee, N. R., Mueller, M. K., & Curl, A. L. (2017). Human-Animal Interaction and Older Adults: An Overview. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1416.

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