Many of us have cherished memories of playing with a childhood pet, but did you know that animals have great benefits for home care patients? Studies have consistently shown that having pets in the home has a positive impact on an individual’s emotional health. This boost in spirits is especially noticeable for those receiving in-home care and can have a real influence on their overall health.
Pets help fight back against one of the most common struggles that those receiving home care services face: depression. According to Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression research Clinic Program at UCLA, “Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression.” In addition, this unconditional love can help reduce stress and improve a person’s mood.
The home care professionals here at Best Home Care are all animal lovers and many have pets of their own. We understand the joy that a pet can bring and encourage our personal care assistants to incorporate animals into their home care plans when able. Here are some ways that pets can enhance a home care plan:
Alzheimer’s Home Care and Pets
Studies have shown that pets can reduce the number of anxious outbursts of Alzheimer’s patients if there is an animal in the home. The companionship of having a pet can also trigger pleasant memories and improve the mood of the home care patient.
Taking a dog on a walk is a fantastic activity for home care patients that are able. Along with exercise, simply getting outside can improve a senior home care patient’s demeanor and can encourage them to take part in social activities.
Heart Disease Protection
Several studies have shown a link between pet ownership and a reduced risk of heart disease. In addition, having a dog or a cat has been shown to increase the likelihood of surviving a heart attack.
While pets can have health benefits, they may not be a smart choice for your home care patient. To learn more about the benefits of pet ownership and if an animal is a good fit for a specific home care plan contact Best Home Care!
If you or a loved one is interested in getting a pet we encourage you to contact your local humane society.