If there is a senior in your life with a beloved pet, you no doubt can observe the physical and emotional benefits ownership brings. But even if they can initially care for the pet themselves, there might come a time when the responsibilities become too much to handle. If that happens, perhaps you can help them keep the pet that they have grown to love. Here are a few practical ways to do that.
- If things get overwhelming financially, review your budget to see what you can do. Maybe you can assist with food, supplies, or vet visits. Also, look into a local Pet Meals on Wheels. They can provide and deliver free items.
- They might be experiencing some memory problems and be unable to keep track of what duties they need to care for daily. Help your senior download a pet care app or get a device that can remind them. You can also call them every morning or evening to inquire about the pet.
- See what physical tasks you can take care of. Maybe they are losing their strength to take care of the bathing, grooming, walking, or just picking up a few items at the store.
- Ask them specifically how you can help. It could be physically, financially, or otherwise, perhaps something you didn't consider.
Hopefully, your senior can continue to reap the benefits of pet ownership for seniors. And maybe you can play a part in that.
At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!