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If You Have a Pet at Home, How is Your Work as a Family Caregiver Impacting that Animal?

Caregiver in Monticello FL

When your mother was hospitalized following her stroke, you were the first one to step up and volunteer to take care Elderly Caucasian woman in bedroom at retirement community centeof her. Living just 10 minutes away made the entire process seem to make sense. You knew she was going to require a great deal of assistance, and even though you didn’t have any prior experience as a caregiver, you figured that just because you were family, you would be the right person for the job.

During the first few days after she was discharged and sent home, it was a bit uncomfortable for the both of you. She needed assistance getting out of bed and going to the bathroom. With one side of her body weak as a result of the stroke, she needed help getting into and out of the shower. You picked up a shower seat that allowed her to bathe herself, for the most part, but she still needed help and somehow you managed to find a way to get through it together.

In the first several weeks of doing this work with your aging mother, you may have been neglecting your own pets at home. Millions of people in the United States own at least one cat or dog, and in many cases more than one. These pets, while eternally patient and loving to their human counterparts, require attention and care.  In fact, when it comes to dogs, they can be left alone for an entire day and many evening hours without having an accident on the floor because they were trained properly. Yet, that’s not healthy for them and can cause damage to the kidneys. The animal can also be experiencing separation anxiety and waiting anxiously for your arrival home.  It’s important to not forget that these are living creatures that require attention and care on a regular basis, just as each one of us would.

If you’re having difficulty finding time to stop home and let the dog out, feed the cat, or just sit down and spend 15 or 30 minutes with them every day, it’s time to acknowledge your work as a caregiver is a bit too much in your life right now.  Your mother would do well with a professional home care provider. You could hire one for just a couple of days a week or even a couple of hours a day. That could provide you the opportunity to take care of your beloved pets while also exposing your mother to an experienced caregiver who can provide valuable insight to many other things in life. National Pet Day is April 9, so remember those pets waiting anxiously at home for your work as a caregiver to and each day.

If you or an aging loved on are considering caregiver in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552 . Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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