• Pet Care

  • We know the therapeutic benefits of owning a pet.  While our certified caregivers are extensively trained to assist with a full range of personal care and support services, part of that is helping our with pet care.  We will walk the dog, feed the cat or dog, even scoop the kitty litter.

  • Benefits of a Senior Owning a Pet

    Seniors who own dogs/cats go to the doctor less often than those who don't. In a study of 100 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owners had a 21 percent lower level of physician contact than non-owners.

    Medication costs dropped from an average of $3.80 per patient per day to $1.18 per patient per day when nursing homes allowed pets to be introduced into patients' environments. Nursing homes in New York, Missouri and Texas were all used in the study.

    "Researchers found even one 30-minute long session of animal assisted therapy reduced loneliness to a statistically significant degree." Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 7/02.

    The benefits of pet companionship and interaction include:

    • less stress
    • lower blood pressure
    • lower cholesterol levels
    • less cardiovascular disease
    • reduced sense of loneliness
    • increased socialization and reminiscences
    • increased sense of responsibility and alertness
    • increased physical activity
    • fewer doctor appointments
    • improved overall health
  • Pet Therapy

    Based on research from the Mayo Clinic:

    "Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders.  Animal-assisted activities, on the other hand, have a more general purpose, such as providing comfort and enjoyment for nursing home resident."

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