The element of care in older people is essential. We have to take care of an ageing population because they still have a right to be looked after and have support even as they advance into old age.
The instinctive reaction for many people is to put older adults into a care home, which is, of course, a specialised facility where they can get around the clock care without any problems at all. However, doing this can rob a person of emotional and mental well-being. We are going to be looking at keeping people in their homes so they can continue living with their pets.
A survey commissioned by The Live-in Care Hub discovered that shockingly, over two million people in the UK know an elderly person who had to have their cat or dog put to sleep, or be given away, when they moved into a residential or nursing home.
The study found that 20% of elderly people would put their health at risk by refusing to go into care without their pet and 17.4% would pretend they were fine so they didn’t have to go into a home and leave them.
Parting from much loved animals is one of the most distressing consequences of moving into residential care. If you have taken the time to bond with an animal, you can begin to understand why they bring such joy and comfort into our lives. The pets of older adults are particularly crucial for helping to keep them in the best possible health. Companionship, stimulation for their minds, and the chance for physical exercise every once in a while; Many benefits to having an animal that people don’t stop to think about. When you take a person into care, you’re depriving them of that contact with their pet.
This can be especially upsetting for people who bought a pet with the sole intention of carrying it forward into old-age with them as a companion.
A lack of mobility can be a real concern for all the people, particularly if they find that they become housebound in their old age. A pet can help to alleviate some of the crippling loneliness that they face every day because it’s not all the time that someone can come and visit.
Another proven benefit of having a pet when you’re an older person is that it helps to improve attentiveness and caring for oneself. A lot of people living by themselves at an advanced age will often neglect their care and attentiveness because they don’t see a point. When you have to look after and care for another living being, you’re more likely to then focus on yourself at the same time. It’s an essential tool for helping older people to maintain a sense of primary care because otherwise, they can pass on quicker, thanks to deterioration of health.
There are a lot of reasons why a person should consider getting a pet for their old age, and why people who are older and have pets should be allowed to live in their own homes as long as possible. Incredible benefits the animal can bring to our lives are only increased tenfold when dealing with an older member of the community, caring for a pet helps a person to maintain a sense of positive self worth and overall health.
Having a companion that can be with them every day without any problems at all means that they’ll be more likely to enjoy a long and healthy life. It’s when we take someone away from their home and their pet we run the risk of them having a sense of not wanting to go on, because you’ve taken away things which are critical to their health and well-being.
Live-in care honours dignity and independence. It offers the least restrictive environment for people as they age, with none of the rules associated with institutionalised care. It provides great peace-of-mind to be in familiar surroundings, with treasured possessions, beloved pets, with friends close by, and receiving tailored, professional care.