Senior Care in Mint Hill, NC: Pet Separation

Don’t underestimate the benefits of having a pet. Especially for seniors, pets provide comfort, companionship, unconditional love and a listening ear. These are things everyone needs and pets are very willing to give. For generations, many Americans have enjoyed pets as an integral part of their lives. Over half the households across the country own pets.

There are elderly people using senior care services that have pets in their own home. The elderly person develops a very deep and steady bond with their pets. They become true friend, confidants and companions.

But what happens when the pet dies or the elderly person must move to a facility? They are often more concerned for the welfare of their pet than themselves. Their pet is literally their best friend! The other issue that may cause pet separation is the senior’s decreasing ability to take care of their pet. What happens when they can no longer walk their dog, or have difficulty cleaning the cat’s litter box?

Pet separation for any reason at all is a very traumatic separation. The health benefits of having regular involvement with a pet are significant, and cannot be under-rated. Clinical studies have shown that dogs, cats or other pets bring so much satisfaction and enjoyment to the elderly that it has the effect of lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It reduces the rate of depression in relation to poor health and fading independence.

Other benefits of pet ownership include reducing boredom, alleviating hopelessness, bringing a sense of purpose and giving the senior accountability towards taking care of the pet.

When a senior is bereaved of a beloved pet, the solution isn’t always to run out and get another pet, unless you are sure they are ready. They may need time to get used to the idea that the pet has passed on and have some time to deal with the grief.

Taking the elderly loved one to a pet store or a pet shelter when they are ready will help them find a new animal friend to bond with. You can check with them and get their feelings about whether they think they’re ready or not. Or, tell your elderly loved one you just want to take him or her to go have a look. There’s no pressure to pick out a pet on that day. Of course, if they fall in love with one, then they’re ready for a new pet.

If you or someone you know needs help with senior care in Mint Hill, NC contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare. We provide quality and affordable senior care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (704) 323-5454  for more information.

Our service area:

Charlotte, Gastonia, Waxhaw, Matthews, Huntersville, Concord, Ballantyne, Mint Hill, Weddington, Pineville, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union

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About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.