May is National Pet Month and for those looking into hiring a home care aide or some other options, it’s important to be open and honest about it. Whether the senior has a single cat, several cats, a small dog, a combination of different animals, or something else, when looking into various home care options, it’s essential to make sure the agency and provider are very clear on what the expectations are.
Why is it so important to be honest?
Some people worry that if they tell a prospective home care aide that the elderly client has a small animal the caregiver won’t even consider working with him or her. That is certainly their prerogative. What if the caregiver has allergies? How good is it going to be when they show up for the first time and have to leave within a few minutes because they’re having an allergic reaction?
Some people are also afraid of certain animals, especially dogs, and especially a larger breed of dog. If the senior has a larger dog, and if the caregiver was not made aware of this, they could be put in a potentially dangerous situation.
Yes, those caregivers deserve to know the truth.
Just because caregivers deserve to know the truth about pet ownership among a potential elderly client doesn’t mean that senior is going to have difficulty finding somebody to look after him or her or provide physical assistance on a daily or once a week basis.
Through agencies, there are usually numerous home care options available, including a wide range of home care aides from which to choose.
There is most likely going to be an opportunity to find not just one but several caregivers who are more than willing and happy to help the senior remain safe while assisting them in taking care of some of those pets.
Remember, though, these caregivers are not pet sitters.
Their primary job is to support the welfare of their elderly client; they are not there to clean the house, do the laundry, or take care of the pets.
Yes, they often assist with many of these things, but that is not their primary job.
When considering the prospect of any type of home care option and if the senior has a pet or number of pets, be absolutely clear, open, and honest when contacting the home care agency to ensure the right caregiver is assigned to work with this elderly person.
For home care for a senior in Cherry Hill, NJ, and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.
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