Elderly people and their companion animals

Elderly people and their companion animals

Older people form wonderful life-long bonds with animals

Older people and their companion animals

Older people who have companion animals in their lives often form amazing bonds

Many older people rely on their animals for companionship and to reduce loneliness and stress. The human-animal bond can be a wonderful part of someone’s life and can even be the difference between a person feeling isolated or needed.

However, when elderly people are forced to move out of their homes because they can no longer manage alone, finding retirement homes or care facilities that accept companion animals can be difficult.

So, if you (or a friend or family member) are in this position, it is important to do your research to find a suitable place that accepts companion animals. Ask prospective accommodation providers whether they are pet-friendly and, if so, what the rules are in terms of living with an animal, including whether any specific support is available.

When it comes to support, there are some amazing services available, with volunteers who carry out tasks like dog walking, feeding, and transporting companion animals to the vet. These services can be especially valuable if a resident cannot take care of their animal temporarily while they are in hospital or respite care.

We support homes to be pet-friendly and would encourage people to always do their homework when choosing a new home, so guardians and companion animals can remain together. Sadly, many people find themselves having to say goodbye to their animals, which can break both their hearts, causing unnecessary suffering and pain.

Keeping older people together with their animals helps reduce loneliness and solitude, provides companionship and another soul to talk to, as well as encouraging the maintenance of a daily routine.

Even if this issue isn’t relevant to you right now, you might like to contact care homes in your area to ask whether they have a pet-friendly policy. If they don’t, maybe they will be encouraged to put one in place.

Overall, we need to help people stay with their animals, especially during their twilight years, so they can continue to bring joy and comfort to one another’s lives. If you would like to get in touch pleaseemail info@treatmekind.org.uk