Unlock The Power Of Pet Therapy For Seniors With Home Care In Milton, ON
Today’s post reviews research on the positive health impacts of pet ownership and animal-assisted therapy, then explains how our home care team gets you all of the benefits without any of the bother.
Read on to learn more, or call (905)-592-4886 to speak directly with a home care coordinator in Milton, ON.
Research Review: The Power Of Pet Therapy In Home Care Settings
There’s a growing body of scientific literature lauding the positive impacts of pet ownership and animal-assisted therapy for senior health in the home care setting. And while it remains a burgeoning area of research with much to be learned, some exciting findings have been reported.
For example, in a 2017 report for Frontiers in Psychology looking at “the role of human-animal interactions (HAI) in health aging,” researchers Gee et al. found that pet ownership and animal-assisted therapy improved:
- Cardiovascular health, likely due to a combination of stress-relieving companionship and increased motivation to exercise with regular walks. Several studies found HAIs lowered blood pressure, enhanced recovery from mental stress, and improved ambulatory blood pressure in ambulatory adults (Gee et al., 2017, p. 1416).
- Mental health, with results “particularly apparent with populars in elder-care institutions and assisted-living facilities.” Controlled trials associated HAIs with reductions in depression symptoms, decreased anxiety for Alheimer’s patients, and a bevy of therapeutic benefits (Gee et al., 2017, p. 1417).
- Social health, with pet therapy now being recognized as a legitimate “intervention to improve social functioning in older psychiatric and dementia patients,” and several studies finding pet ownership reduces loneliness (Gee et al., 2017, p. 1417).
- Physical health, with pet owners reporting more time walking and less time sitting compared to their non-dog-owning counterparts in a study by Dall et al., (2017), and one study linking ownership to “less deterioration in ability to perform activities of daily living” (Gee et al., 2017, p. 1417).
Of course, if you’re already juggling full-time career and senior caregiving duties, adding a pet to the equation might sound like a bad idea. After all, pets are a lot of work and responsibility.
What’s more, pet ownership may come with increased risk for seniors who live alone, with leash walking being a common cause of slip-and-fall injuries among people 75 years of age and older (Stevens et al., 2010; Gee et al., 2017).
But what if you could reap all the rewards of pet therapy without any of the adding work or risk? With our home care team by your side, you can!
Unlock The Power Of Pet Therapy With Home Care In Milton, ON
To give your loved ones all the benefits of pet ownership and animal-assisted therapy, without any of the bother, our home care team can:
- Connect your loved ones with local pet therapy resources. If pet ownership isn’t for you, but you want your loved ones to benefit from human-animal interactions (HAIs), our home care team can help you find pet therapy programs in Milton, ON. We can assist with research, registration, and transportation, and your loved ones will have our full support with activities of daily living (ADLs) for the duration of their outing.
- Assist with day-to-day pet care. If your loved one is a pet owner, our home care team can assist with walks, feeding, cleaning, pet supply purchases, and more.
- Reduce the risks of pet-borne pests and allergens. Our home care team can help you spot pests, simplify grooming appointments, and keep up with daily brushing to reduce airborne allergens in the home.
- Simplify vet appointments. Our home care team can help with appointment booking, schedule reminders, transportation, and note-taking during consultations.
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Gee, N. R., Mueller, M. K., & Curl, A. L. (2017). Human–animal interaction and older adults: An overview. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1416.