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Tips for Preparing Your Senior to Adopt a Dog

Studies have shown that owning a pet can make a tremendous difference to your senior’s health and well-being. Pet ownership reduces stress and makes it easier to cope with stress, lowers blood pressure, improves heart health, reduces depression, anxiety, and loneliness, and helps your parent maintain an overall better outlook on life. If your senior is interested in adopting a dog, it is important to prepare them as well as their home to ensure the dog fits into their routine as soon as it comes home. Not only will this keep the dog healthier and safer, but it will also help your parent to start enjoying the benefits sooner.

Elderly Care in Stockton CA: Preparing to Adopt a Dog

Elderly Care in Stockton CA: Preparing to Adopt a Dog

Use these tips to prepare your senior to adopt a dog:

  • Go over all care responsibilities with your parent, and ask them to let you know if they are concerned about any of them. If they are worried they won’t remember to do certain tasks, or don’t know how to do certain tasks, explain them more thoroughly, leave them notes, and offer reminders so they can get accustomed to taking care of the dog.
  • Go through the home with your parent to prepare it for welcoming the dog. They should establish a space where the dog will sleep, a place where it will eat and drink, and areas of the home where it can play and relax. If there are certain areas of the home where your parent does not want the dog to go, you should find ways to effectively prevent this, such as putting up baby gates to block off certain rooms.
  • Practice walking routes. If your parent will be bringing their dog on walks around the neighborhood, practice these paths with them a few times. Make sure they know the safest route, and how far they can walk comfortably. Having physical support from an elderly care provider can make these walks more accessible and safer, but it is important for your parent to be comfortable walking their dog before it comes home.
  • Make sure your senior has all of the necessary supplies to take care of their dog before going to adopt it. This includes food and water bowls, bedding, toys, a collar and leash, food, and training treats.
  • Talk to your parent about their expectations for owning the dog. They should be prepared for some reluctance from the dog at first, and know they need to take their time to get used to each other before they will both feel comfortable and be able to get into a good routine.


When it comes to being a family caregiver for an aging adult, it is easy to get wrapped up in your responsibilities, and spend all of your time and energy focusing on your senior and their needs. While it is very important for you to put effort and love into caring for your senior, you must also remember to fulfill your own needs, and manage the other responsibilities in your life as well. This is where elderly care can make a tremendous difference. An elderly home care services provider can step in to offer your parent a level of customized care specifically designed to not only match their needs, but also work with your schedule and abilities to find an ideal balance.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Stockton, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.




Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

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