Pets are wonderful, there’s no denying their cuteness can salvage a smile no matter how bad a day you’ve had.
However pets aren’t always just for fun, as it’s been proven having a pet can help those with; Depression, anxiety, OCD and even Alzheimer’s.
Now the idea of surprising someone you know with a pet when they are suffering from Alzheimer’s can seem a little odd. So maybe consider taking your pet round to their house and see how they respond, and if it is positively, you can make this a regular thing.
If you are a little worried about the precautions for bringing your pet round to a loved ones, check out these tips and see if they give you a clearer understanding of how to handle the situation.
- Be mindful of the pet’s temperament and energy level.Too much jumping and/or excessive barking may do more harm than good.
- Consider the time of day. Morning or early afternoon visits are probably better choices than late afternoon and evening when Sundowner’s is setting in.
- Don’t wear out Fido’s welcome. Always stay tuned in to your loved one’s demeanour, as they can quickly reach a point of overstimulation. If they begin to show signs of agitation, simply know that it might be time to end the visit.
- Realize that Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are unpredictable when it comes to pets. When I took Tucker in to visit Mom, some days she laughed and couldn’t get enough of him, while other days she made it clear that she had no interest. On a really bad day, she found him downright annoying.http://www.alzheimers.net/2013-05-17/how-can-pets-benefit-alzheimers-patients/
Pets can brighten up any dull day, so we would love to know the positive effect it had on your loved one with dementia. Remember to send us pictured through our social media accounts!
“Happiness is a warm puppy” – Charles M.Schulz