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Cats and Seniors: A Purr-fect Match

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and it’s the ideal time to consider getting a cat for your aging mom or dad. Cats are especially good company for elderly people as they are not as demanding as dogs and lead a more subdued lifestyle that fits better with seniors who are less mobile. Not only will you rescue an adult shelter cat from a lonely life, you’ll be providing your aging parent with a reason to smile every day.

Elder Care in Santa Rosa CA: Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

Elder Care in Santa Rosa CA: Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

Before helping your elderly mom or dad in adopting a shelter cat, make sure they are prepared for the responsibility of feeding, grooming and nurturing. Many elderly adults depend on family caregivers and elder care providers for help around the house. You’ll need to include pet care duties for the elder care provider to help out with, such as with the litter and perhaps driving the cat and the elderly person to the veterinarian on occasion. A little work here and there is worth it because it provides a great reward for your aging parent.

Here are just some of the reasons why adult shelter cats and seniors are a “purr-fect” match for each other:

Unconditional Love.

Adult cats, unlike kittens, are content to cuddle and snuggle their owners for many hours each day. Often, cats like to sleep near wherever their person is resting, often right on their laps. Contrary to the stereotype of being aloof, cats love to give and receive affection and will make your aging parent feel loved at all times. While seniors may get visits from family members and elder care providers, their cat will be their constant and loving companion.

Improved Mental Health.

Studies show that pet owners are generally in a better mood when they interact with their pet. Elderly adults can experience depression, loneliness, stress, isolation, and more. Petting a furry friend is a wonderful stress reliever and boosts feel-good hormones in the body. With a pet cat, an elderly adult will have a sense of purpose and focus on something besides their own problems. Senior care providers can encourage and support the elderly adult as a cat owner.

Activity and Exercise.

It can be hard for elderly adults to motivate themselves to get regular activity throughout the day. Cat ownership requires them to participate in activity throughout the day. From scooping a box to giving them food and water, there are daily tasks that people need to do for their cats. Seniors can also stay active and entertained by playing with their cats, using ribbon or a string toy for them to chase. Their elder care provider can step in and help with pet care when the senior cannot.

During Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, you can help your elderly mom or dad find the perfect animal companion. With few exercise and care demands, adult cats make the best pets for seniors who are animal lovers and may be in the market for a feline friend.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Santa Rosa, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

 

Source:

https://www.aspca.org/news/adopt-shelter-cat-month-you-can-make-difference-felines-need

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.