We’re supporting this year’s National Pet Month (April 1 until May 7, 2018) and celebrating the benefits of pets for the nation.
Pets help reduce depression and can help prevent loneliness, which is extremely important among our service users and the elderly in general. We’re big advocates of elderly people being able to stay in the comfort of their own homes and thanks to our care, more and more are able to do so.
This means they can remain in their own familiar surroundings while receiving care and have all their belongings close by at all times, including beloved pets, which are often vital family members.
If our service users have dogs, and are mobile, then we encourage them to walk them regularly, as it’s a great way for them to get up and out of the house, as well as being good for the dog too. They may even be able to interact with other dog walkers on their journey.
Cats make fantastic pets too as they are low-maintenance. Stroking a cat can have a calming and soothing effect, decreasing stress and anxiety levels.
Simply having and caring for a pet helps to stimulate a person’s mind, which is great for the elderly. It can help them focus on something other than physical/health problems and the negativity surrounding growing older. In some cases pets can even help people with memory loss interact and access memories from years ago.
Now in its 27th year, National Pet Month takes place from Sunday, April 1 until Saturday, May 7, 2018 and promotes responsible pet ownership and raises awareness of the mutual benefits of living with pets.