Apr 20, 2017 by Kristina Butler
For seniors, having a pet can offer incredible health and mental benefits. Not only does pet therapy lower blood pressure, relieve depression, and ease stress, but it also provides your senior loved one with a sense of security. Our home health caregivers in West Chester, OH understand and encourage the bond between a senior and their beloved pet.
A few minutes with a pet actually sets off a chemical reaction in a person’s brain, and increases serotonin. This allows blood pressure to lower and stress to dissolve. Over a period of time, cholesterol levels can actually drop. A pet can be a great way for your senior loved one to get more exercise and time outside, since dogs need to be walked. The act of caring for an animal and being engaged with them helps seniors to feel needed and purposeful. It can give your loved one a renewed interest in life, which is always a good thing.
Other Benefits That Pets Provide Include:
Home health pet therapy has been used for many years for those with dementia, depression, and physical ailments. Smaller dogs are favored by a lot of seniors because they can transport them easier and sit on their laps. Dogs are wonderful because they can adjust to your senior loved one’s schedule easily and give them a renewed sense of purpose every day. Cats are great too because they do not need a significant amount of care, and seniors with physical limitations can likely care for them with ease.
It is not uncommon for your senior loved one to feel down, and they need something to lift their spirits. They get the opportunity to take care of another living thing, which can give their life structure and meaning. Seniors often experience depression and loneliness with the passing of a spouse or their children live far away – pets can help fill those voids a bit.
Pets have such a positive influence on seniors that many facilities have pet therapy sessions. Home health aides in West Chester, OH sometimes own little dogs or cats that they can bring to see your loved one during care. Seniors who are withdrawn and feeling depressed can have their day brightened by spending time with a precious pet. It will encourage interaction and communication as well as make them smile. Contact us or call (513) 208-2414 for more information about home health care services and schedule a free in-home consultation today.
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