According to a 2005 study, owning pets can be good for your health! Pets are a welcomed companion for seniors that provide a meaningful outlet for companionship. The emotional bond between pet owners and their pets can be as strong as a human friendship. Studies have shown that people that are pet owners have better rates of recovery from serious illnesses.  Senior pet owners demonstrate better physical and psychological wellbeing than their counterparts who do not care for a pet. Caregivers can help foster positive and safe connections between seniors and pets in the following ways:

  • Recognize and respect the bond between senior and pet. It is important that caregivers recognize that a pet may be a significant member of the senior’s family. Providing for the needs of a pet is a way that caregivers can show that they love and care for the things that are important to seniors.
  • Help seniors care for their pet. Seniors can gain a sense of accomplishment from caring for the needs of a pet, such as grooming or training. Caregivers can ensure that the more difficult tasks of care, such as toileting needs, are cared for promptly.
  • Maintain a clean environment. Furry friends in the home mean that cleaning may need extra care. Caregivers can provide a clean home environment to give seniors peace of mind knowing that their home is hygienic and safe.
  • Share the joy of pets with others. Seniors love to share their well-loved pets with others. Caregivers can provide a safe environment for senior’s friends to enjoy the company of a pet.