One of the most common issues seniors face is that of loneliness. Even though the children and grandchildren visit often, they eventually go home and you are faced with the reality that you live alone. Many seniors have been able to overcome loneliness with the help of a pet. Perhaps you are considering getting one as a companion. If so, it is important to weigh the pro's and cons of your decision. Of course, every pet will bring its own joys and challenges. But here are some general things to take into consideration.
- As already mentioned, it might very well quell your loneliness. Even if it is isn't another human being, having another being around can provide much comfort.
- If it is a pet that requires exercise, this could help you to become more active. Increased physical activity, in turn, can bring physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
- They can make you feel needed. You might be receiving much assistance from others. But having something that depends on you can boost your self-worth.
- Although some are less expensive than others, they will all add an additional financial expense. Therefore, a pet could end up becoming a burden rather than a help.
- Their needs are consistent whether you feel well or not. So, if you're having a bad day, you might need to overexert yourself just to care for your pet.
- Animals that roam around the home, such as a cat or dog, present a fall risk. Whether they run in front of you or just sit in an unexpected place on the floor, accidents become more likely with them around.
Of course, there is much more to consider than this short list. So do some research, discuss it with a trusted friend or family member. If the pro's well outweigh the cons and you do decide to add a pet to your life, enjoy it to the fullest extent.
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!