So today we are going to talk about the pets and the elderly.  Humans love animals at any age.  Dogs, cats, birds, and fish are all common pets that we see in the home often!

 

Good and the Bad of Pets and the Elderly

But is this a good thing or a bad thing to have a pet in the home?

What are the positives and negatives of pets and the elderly?

There are cases to be made for both viewpoints, for some it is a blessing and others it can be a major hazard and responsibility.

 

Pets, Seniors, and Facilities

What happens when a senior is moved into a facility and they want to bring the pet?

It DOES matter what pet they have and the policies the facility has.  For example, is the person cognitively aware?  If they have dementia then having an animal is going to be very difficult

For example, is the person cognitively aware?  If they have dementia then having an animal is going to be very difficult

 

 

When To Remove A Pet

At some point, pets need to be removed from a senior’s home.

This can be that the senior can no longer care for the pet.  It is too much work to walk it, take it out to the bathroom, and the upkeep.

Even if the pet is a cat or fish, those still require regular upkeep, feeding, and other maintenance to keep them healthy and happy.

This is when you need to figure out how to remove a pet from the home.

 

Wrapping It Up

Thanks for checking out our podcast on pets and the elderly.  We always welcome feedback and any topics you would like us to address.  Reach out to us using the comment section below or message us on twitter @mwhomecare.