Seniors who have pets often worry about how they will take care of their pets if they develop a serious health condition or are unable to take their dog for walks or do the other physically demanding things that are necessary for pet care. Having a pet has a lot of physical and mental health benefits, but many seniors are afraid to adopt a pet because they don’t know what their health will be in the future. But seniors can adopt pets and enjoy the pets they already have without worry. Senior home care includes basic pet care so seniors will be able to continue to care for a pet in the future. Some of the things that senior home care does to help seniors care for pets are:
Shop For Supplies
Shopping for pet supplies is often difficult for seniors, especially for seniors that don’t drive. Hauling large bags of pet food or big containers of heavy cat litter is physically demanding and may be too tough for seniors with medical issues. But a care provider can take seniors to the store to shop for their pets and do the heavy lifting so that your senior loved one’s pets always have what they need. Senior home care providers can also help senior pick up vet prescriptions and other supplies that their pets need.
Take Pets To The Vet
Seniors that don’t drive often worry about how they will get their pet to the vet since many ride shares and other transportation won’t allow pets. With senior home care seniors can safely get their pets to the vet for routine exams, vaccinations, and for emergency appointments too if their pets get sick. Home care givers can also help seniors arrange for home vet visits if there are vets in the area that provide in-home vet appointments.
Dogs need daily walks, even senior dogs. And walking is great for seniors. But walking a dog can sometimes be difficult or even dangerous for seniors because there is always a risk the dog can accidentally trip them or pull them off the feet. A care provider can go on these walks with seniors and hold the leash so that your senior loved one gets a nice walk without the risks or dangers of walking the dog. And on bad weather days the care provider can walk the dog sour senior loved one doesn’t have to.
Scoop Cat Litter
Cleaning cat boxes isn’t fun but it’s essential. Seniors can struggle to keep cat litter boxes clean and sanitary because cleaning the boxes usually involves a lot of bending over straightening up as well as lifting large heavy containers of litter. With senior home care seniors don’t have to worry about hurting themselves cleaning out cat boxes or lifting large containers of litter. A caregiver can help seniors make sure that the cat boxes are clean and sanitized so that they are safe and clean for the cat to use.