Posted on Sep 10, 2013
Most people and their pets make awesome teams. Dogs, cats, along with birds, horses, and even monkeys have been faithful companions to many. Most pets do more for us than we do for them. We feed them, give them shelter, and take care of the pet bill. Pets, in turn, give us so much more. Pets have searched for the lost, have stayed behind to comfort the fallen, have climbed over piles of rubble looking for their master, and cuddled next to the dying. It is no wonder that many, including seniors, will not part with their pets during storms or when asked to evacuate during an emergency. Some pets will sense when you are ill, a few will even nuzzle next to you when you're sick, and others will know when you’re anxious.
When Caring For a Patient Who Has a Pet, Communication Is Key
Some seniors become ill and need a caregiver who can care for them and assist in caring for their beloved household pet. When Senior Helpers sets up a new patient assessment, we will ask if there is a pet in the household. When searching for a caregiver for the case, we will try finding someone doesn't mind being around pets. Before a caregiver is even offered a case, she or he must be informed if there are household pets. Moreover, we will also inquire about any pet allergies or illnesses.
It Takes a Special Caregiver
It takes a special caregiver who can care for a patient, and assist the patient in caring for his or her pets. It is not an easy task to care for both. Sometimes, if necessary, family members take charge of caring for their loved one’s pet, depending on the pet’s needs. In turn, families and clients need to make sure that pets are vaccinated, and are on a monthly flea and tick maintenance program. Flea infestations can pose a health risk for the pet, the patient, and the caregivers.
Senior Helpers Orlando Team