Pet friendly care services
Pets are important to people who need domiciliary care and support. They provide companionship, unconditional love and help focus the mind. Caring for a pet provides purpose, a routine and consistency to many people’s lives.
Individuals may find the prospect of caring for their beloved pet becomes more daunting and stressful when they are ageing or unwell. However, there are proven benefits of living with a pet.
At Bluebird Care, we offer a variety of services to help you or your loved one remain at home with the love and companionship of your furry friend. Our carers are dedicated to providing support and care so individuals can continue with their daily routines in the comfort and safety of their homes. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help you and your family, and provide care and support at home.
Benefits of Pets for the Elderly
PDSA’s 2021 PAW report found that 87% of owners agree that having a pet makes them mentally healthier. Being around pets and animals has been proven to reduce stress, alleviate loneliness and even help children with emotional and social skills.
Having a pet provides its owner with a sense of purpose. For someone living alone, this can bring structure and routine to their daily lives. Forbes found that when older adults were asked what an important benefit was of owning a pet, 63% of those who lived alone stated that the pet ‘gives a sense of purpose’ and ‘gives me someone to talk to’.
The benefits of pets for the elderly aren’t just emotional – they can have a biological impact too. HABRI (Human Animal Bond Research Institute) states that the bond between owner and pet influences levels of blood pressure, heart rate and hormones.
Even if older adults don’t live with a pet at home, they can experience great benefits just from interacting with an animal. Individuals can experience the same benefits as above by playing with and stroking the pets of family and friends. Cats and dogs that visit the elderly are known to bring joy and relaxation.
Personal Pet and Home Care
The onset of old age or illness doesn’t have to be a reason to give up your current lifestyle. Many pet owners worry about what happens to their pets when they get older. Pet and home care can go hand-in-hand so your loved one and their pet can stay at home together and continue making memories.
If your loved one has a pet, as part of our domiciliary care service we will try and match them to a care assistant who also enjoys and understands animals. Your loved one and their carer will be able to share the pleasure of the special pet together.
*Not all Bluebird Care offices provide this service. Please check with your local office if this service is available.
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