In last week’s article, our team outlined some of the great benefits of pet adoption for seniors, from security, companionship, and improvement in mental well-being, to tangible physical health benefits. But, what happens when you fear you can no longer provide the right care for a pet?
Declining vision, limited mobility, and worsening health conditions can all be factors in deterring older people from going through with adopting a pet. The good news is that, in many cases, there are steps you can take to ensure you can keep your companion with you for as long as possible.
Full-service geriatric care management companies, like Senior Steps, can be an excellent resource for helping you set up your home and parts of your life in a way that automates a lot of aspects of your pet care. In some cases, this can be as simple of a change as switching to an automatic feeder and water dispenser, automating food and litter delivery, and hiring a walker. In other cases, your team can help you by driving your pet to and from appointments at the vet or scheduling visits with an in-home vet, taking your pet to the groomers or hiring one to come to you, and hiring someone to clean their litter box or switch out their pee-pads.
Your geriatric care management team can also connect you with resources and services in your area to assist with helping your pet socialize with others if necessary or to help you with the cost of care. If you find yourself in need of a helpful team, please call us tpday for a free consultation to learn more about our services.