Pets help us live a healthier and happy life. It is likely that when you pick up a newspaper or magazine, you will be puzzled with the findings. There are endless descriptions of benefits of pets for long-term care residents, sick children, and hospital patients. Other known beneficiaries are people living with depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and dementia.
Having a pet gives you the necessary companionship, which eases loneliness. It also boosts your mood, reduces depression, and stimulates movement.
Pets in Nursing Homes
If possible, coordinators should consider incorporating regular pets’ visits into their daily schedule. In turn, there will be improved and enjoyable breaks to routine structures of all care facilities and nursing homes. It will be ideal for all nursing homes to own at least rabbits, cats, canaries, dogs, budgies, turtles, or fish. If not possible then a visiting dog will comfort and cheer residents successfully.
Dogs wag their tails and greet each person with the same enthusiasm regardless of who they are or whether their mode of communication is effective. Overall, most people enjoy the soft fur of cats which causes them to purr.
Benefits of Pet Companionship for the Elderly
Importance of pet interaction and companionship include:
- Increased Self Esteem
Some people often suffer from their perceived loss of responsibility and freedom. This is where pets come in handy as they add inspiration and purpose to their lives.
Animals accept people unconditionally, which is very soothing and heart-warming for residents.
- Shifting of Focus
In most circumstances, patients in long-term facilities tend to concentrate too much on themselves due to the chronic pain, poor self-esteem, or depression. Animals can bring about a new focus of conversation.
- Mental Stimulation
Pets are a wonderful source of enjoyment, interaction, and entertainment.
- Physical Activity
Caring for a pet encourages physical activity like feeding, walking, playing e.t.c
Taking care of pets regularly encourages adherence to a daily schedule. Besides, it will often evoke great memories of the past.
- Empathy Development
Animals are easier to read than humans hence interaction with pets can help develop an individual’s sense of empathy since they will be responding to the animal’s needs.
Pets are emotionally safe and non-threatening. They do not impose demands or discriminate. They live for the moment and residents benefit since by interacting with them, they do not have to worry about the future.
Pets inspire good times and humour.
- Physiological Benefits
Being around animals provides stress relief and spiritual fulfilment. The love of an animal is unconditional.
Most people love animals, just spending time with them is enjoyable.
A perfect pet is one that calms the moment.
Having one or even ensuring an animal visit once a week can bring all the difference. For those who are afraid of cats and dogs, then an aquarium is the ultimate solution.