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:
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
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."
Our Pet Therapy Dog(s)
Apollo is a 5 year old German Shepard. He will do just about anything for his red Kong ball. He opens his paws like a hand when his ball is rolled to him. He gets very excited when he sees "Mommy" get his AllCare vest, because he knows he's going to "work" and loves it.
If you have any questions, give us a call: (843) 832-9888
107 West 6th North Street, Suite 208
Summerville, SC 29483