Loneliness, boredom, high cholesterol, and hypertension are just a few of the things that a pet can help a senior to overcome. But what if the senior in your life cannot handle all of the responsibilities of pet care alone? Here are a few practical ways you might be able to help.
- See if they need financial assistance. After reviewing your own budget, estimate if you can help with food, supplies, or vet visits. There might also be a Pet Meals on Wheels program in your loved one's area. Some of them exist specifically to help seniors or disabled persons.
- Do what you can to reduce the physical demands of pet care. This could include walking or grooming a dog, picking up food or supplies from the pet store, or a number of other things. It could also be as simple as locating a mobile groomer, or a vet that makes house calls.
- Sometimes the problem is remembering to take care of the pet's daily needs. Make regular phone calls or visits if possible to check on the pet's well-being. There are also pet care apps and devices available with the capacity to give reminders.
- Ask specifically how you can help. Your senior might have been hoping you brought up the subject.
Pet ownership can contribute to better physical and mental health for your loved one. If you can, why not help them with pet care so they can reap those benefits?
At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today