What happens when your loved one cannot care for his precious buddy alone? Does they mean he will miss out on all the benefits? Not necessarily. Many seniors have been able to keep their pets when others help out with the responsibilities. Here are a few ways that you and other family members and friends might be able to assist.
- Find out if there is a Pet Meals on Wheels program in the area. They might be able to provide free food, supplies, vet visits, and more. After you find out how they can help, you will have a clearer idea of what family members and others need to do.
- Volunteer to walk the dog one or more days out of each week. If Dad doesn't need you to do it regularly, let him know that you are available when he is too weak or in pain to do it himself.
- Give Fido a bath. Even if it is a small animal, a dog's bath time can become quite tedious for seniors. And it might only need to be done as infrequently as once a month.
- Try to assess if Dad is remembering to tend to all of his pet's needs. He might need some reminder phone calls or a pet care app or device.
- If it seems appropriate, offer to contribute financially to pet care. Along with Dad's basic needs, the dog's needs might become a burden.
Have an open discussion with everyone potentially involved. Hopefully, with the assistance of loved ones, Dad can keep his beloved dog along with all the many benefits.
At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!