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.
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 of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE