Pets are such a big part of the family and for seniors can be very important for their overall health both mentally and physically. Pets bring purpose to older people’s lives, especially at a time when fewer people depend on them. Not only can they distract a senior from his or her own health issues, but, in the case of dogs, keep them from being sedentary. They also provide the human touch that is vital to people of any age. Often a pet is the only “family” someone has nearby, if at all. Owning a dog or cat or any animal that depends on you and provides companionship can lower depression, anxiety, stress, blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Studies have shown, especially in the elderly that just 15 minutes bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone, cortisol, and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. Over the long term, pet and human interactions may even help protect against heart disease and stroke.
But as people age they may find it challenging to care for their pets. Our goal at Care For Me At Home is to keep seniors and their pet together at home. Our caregivers can help with daily care including feeding and walking. We have many “animal lovers” on staff and will carefully match the right caregiver for you and your precious pet.