Aging in Place with Elderly Pets

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Aging in Place isn’t just for Humans

Seniors who decide to age in place have many reasons for doing so. Perhaps it’s due to finances, to stay nearer family and friends, or a combination. But for some, one of their deciding factors is because of their beloved pets.

Nowadays, many of us consider our pets as just another member of the family. Unfortunately, more often than not, care facilities and retirement homes don’t allow our furry, feathered or scaled friends to live on the premises. That leaves seniors with a choice; rehome their pet or stay put and age in place. Many opt for the latter.

Pets age just like us

We spend a lot of time considering our own aging bodies, but of course, it isn’t just us who age. Our pets age right along with us, and taking into account their changing needs alongside our own will make sure we all age happily and healthily for as long as possible.

One of the more apparent signs of aging is reduced mobility. Perhaps you remember your prancing puppy whizzing around the garden or your curious kitty agilely leaping up onto the furniture. But as pets age, just like us, they slow down, and they may start to have less energy and aching joints.

It can be hard to see our faithful companions struggle with what was once an active lifestyle. They may need help getting up and down the stairs, in and out of the car or reaching their food and drink bowls. But there are ways to help Fluffy and Fido feel comfortable and keep their own independence as they get older.

How can we help our aging pets?

tairs can be quite a chore for both humans and pets as they age. Long gone are the days when your puppy or kitten bounced up and down the stairs without a second thought. Arthritic joints and lower energy levels might leave your elderly pet reluctant to attempt climbing those long stairways. You may consider just carrying them up yourself, but that might be uncomfortable or even dangerous for you, especially if you have a heavier pet.

If stairs have become an issue for you or your pets, it may be time to look into alternatives to eliminate any stress or worry regarding navigating the stairs. Taking away that tiring climb will leave you both with more energy to enjoy walkies or playtime.

This is where a homelift or stairlift might be the answer for you and your pet. Sitting in a comfortable seat with your pet safe and snug on your lap will help you both get up and down the stairs easily. Such lift devices can benefit the whole family, pets included, to keep your home accessible, safe and comfortable for many years to come.

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