There are numerous advantages of having a companion pet for seniors, particularly in terms of relieving loneliness among the elderly. Retirement, loss of loved ones, family being far away, and reduced mobility among seniors might also lead to social isolation.

Adopting a pet may help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness.

Seniors also get a sense of purpose and responsibility from caring for their pets, like taking on daily chores such as grooming, playing with, and feeding them, which could provide some seniors with a routine and structure, as well as emotional support.

Additionally, there are many physical benefits to owning pets. Caring for a pet often involves physical activities like walking or playing with them. This encourages regular exercise among seniors.

Studies have shown benefits of a companion pet for seniors:

Best dog for the elderly - benefits of pets for senior citizensAdopting a pet for seniors should be well-thought out and planned ahead of time.

This assures the best quality of life for the new furry family member. Make sure there is back-up care in the event of an emergency, and that veterinarian care is within your budget.

If you or your elderly loved one intends to get a pet, they should take into account their abilities and lifestyle to make certain that they are able to properly care for a pet. Some seniors may choose a pet that does not require a lot of physical activity, such as older cats or dogs. Many shelters may often waive fees on older pets for senior citizens, as they are harder to adopt out.

Do you need assistance?

Are you or a loved one looking for help with companionship and care? My Choice Home Care is a senior care service that serves clients in Macon, Jackson, and Haywood Counties in North Carolina. Counties served in Georgia are Rabun, Towns, and Habersham. Counties served in Upstate South Carolina are Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson. Contact us here or call (828) 200-9000 to speak to someone today if you or a loved one would like to enjoy the benefits of living independently in your own home.