Tucson Senior Assisted Living

You or your senior loved one may be considering care services, such as senior care in-home or in a senior care facility. If you are researching care options, you may come across Tucson senior assisted living choices for seniors. Assisted Living facilities are available to seniors interested in aging in a care facility. Since seniors often have pet companions as they age, it is important to find out if the assisted living facility you are looking into allows pets or pet companions, as many senior care facilities do not allow pets.

Some senior care facilities will allow pets, or they may be a pet-friendly facility which allow pet visits. If the senior care facility you are considering does not allow pets, your senior loved one may be heart-broken when they find out they cannot take their beloved pet with them into their senior care facility. It may be the family’s responsibility to adopt the senior’s pet when the senior moves into a senior care facility. If you are responsible for the pets, remember to get all of the information from the senior regarding the pets health records, behavior, and diet. You will want to take the best care of the pet, and if you cannot, you will need to find someone who can.

Usually, family members will take a senior’s pet when a senior can no longer care for them, or the senior is in Assisted Living. When a family member visits the senior, the pet should come along to see the senior. Always check with the senior care facility to find out if pets are allowed inside the care facility before you bring the pet into the facility. Also, be aware that the senior may want to keep their visiting pet, as this is a normal reaction especially with seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia.

The best thing to do if your senior loved one moved into a senior care facility and needs a pet companion, or companion, is to buy them a stuffed animal or doll. Studies suggest that giving a doll to a senior with dementia will allow them to remember the good times in life which can help them with their illness. It is also very comforting when a senior is all alone in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or any other care facility. There are robotic toys available that mimic animals and pets. These can be exceptional to a senior who cannot have a companion pet in their senior care facility.

Consider doll therapy, pet visits, and stuffed animals for seniors in senior care facilities. Having someone close to them visit often can also be helpful to ward off depression and loneliness.

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