For centuries, humans have enjoyed deeply nurturing and enriching bonds with their pets. Creatures of all kinds can lift our spirits, comfort us, shower us with affection and surround us with boundless love.
For some seniors, their furry or feathered friend might be the best part of their day. Their pets might be the reason they get out of bed; the reason they still venture out for a daily walk; one of the few things that makes them smile.
If you have an aging parent or loved one with a devoted pet, chances are it’s heartbreaking to think about having to separate them from one another, down the road.
At AgeCare we believe that having pets in senior homes can not only provide companionship and increase the quality of life for our residents, but it also has a positive effect on our residents’ health. A 2009 study by the Vanier Institute found that pet ownership can lower stress, reduce loneliness of residents in long-term care communities, improve health during difficult times, and lower the risks of heart disease and other medical conditions.
For anyone who has experienced the unfaltering devotion of a beloved pet, it’s comforting to know that illness or aging does not have to pose a threat to that enduring relationship. Our faithful friends can accompany us in our new home, or come for regular visits and continue to brighten our days.