As more people recognize the value of home care, it is increasing the demand for these services. It’s also allowing others to begin looking beyond the traditional caregiver for these benefits.
One such aspect to in-home care that is increasing throughout numerous communities around the country involves pet therapy. While pet therapy may not be for everyone, it has been shown to provide immense value not only emotionally -but physically- for some seniors.
Pet therapy can assist people in reducing anxiety, bolstering memory for those who may be struggling with certain diseases like Alzheimer’s, and provide comfort for the lonely. Some research has also indicated a possible drop in blood pressure for those who simply stroke a pet sitting next to them.
There are different types of pet therapy available and as in-home care agencies and providers recognize the value this may offer, it may simultaneously inspire other seniors and disabled adults to begin looking into home care, perhaps for the first time.
As noted in the Chron.com blog, Pet therapy volunteers spread comfort and joy in northwest Houston, written by Melanie Feuk:
Being a pet therapy volunteer has helped Conner honor the memory of her daughter, who was involved in pet therapy volunteer work geared toward pediatrics. Different pet therapy organizations focus on different areas of need, she said. Potential volunteers have options when determining how they would like to use pet therapy to benefit others. Conner, for example, feels called to provide pet therapy for nursing home residents.
“I keep putting myself in their position,” Conner said. “This is what I would want.”
Bob Wagner, president of the Lawrence Street Health Care resident council, enjoys visits from Conner’s dogs, which remind him of his own. He believes pet therapy may offer the same to his fellow residents: a chance to see pets like the ones many of them had to leave behind.
It’s not just elderly and disabled men and women who can benefit from pet therapy. Also, care providers, commonly referred to as in-home care aides, may also enjoy some benefits to help avoid burnout from prolonged stress and anxiety.
Adding pet therapy options to services offered may expand not only the reach of a home care agency within its community, but also help more seniors with mental, physical, and emotional challenges that might not be managed in other ways.
It’s important for any prospective agency to understand the value of pet therapy, but also in relying on a reputable pet therapy service.
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