Pets can be a lifeline for the elderly, making sure to give them a purpose and helping to benefit their mental and physical health and can also help get rid of loneliness.
But for those senior citizens who live alone and diagnosed with serious illnesses or perhaps, even worse, they can often times worry about their pets more than themselves.
The burden of who will take care of their furry family member while they’re in the hospital or after they’ve gone can be too much to handle.
Now an organization wants to help those seniors get rid of all of those worries so they can concentrate on getting healthy again.
Pets help out those with anxiety
Pet Peace of Mind makes sure that these lovely creatures are not overlooked by family members and not forgotten when their pet parent is unable to care for them.
“I know of countless patients who have said that their pet is their lifeline. Pets are great medicine for coping with the anxiety the comes from dealing with a serious medical condition,” Pet Peace of Mind president Dianne McGill said.
“For many patients, keeping their pets near them during the end of life journey and finding homes for their beloved pets after they pass is one of the most important pieces of unfinished business.”
The Oregon-based organization does not only make sure that those with terminal illnesses don’t have to worry about their pet being looked after, they also make sure their four-legged friends stay close to them.
‘Pets may be overlooked”
“People have come to bond with their pets in much the same way they bond with people,” their Facebook page reads.
“Pets are treated and loved like family members and they comfort their owners much like a close friend or relative. It is no wonder then that during the end-of-life journey, pets can play a critical role.
“Unfortunately, as families deal with grief and loss during hospice care, pets may be overlooked, forgotten, or even ignored by family members unfamiliar with the patient’s bond with a pet.”
The nonprofit organization relies on donations and volunteers to receive help with everything from grooming and walking a sick person’s pet to finding a new home after their owner passes away.
‘Dog off to the pound’
“We had all seen things happen where the patient was in their ending days, and they were so concerned about what was going to happen to their pet, and the family would say, ‘It’s OK, we’ll take care of it,’ and then the patient would die and the dog was off to the pound,” Karen Jeffries, who works as a volunteer coordinator for St. Luke’s Hospice, said for the U.S. News and World Report.
Now pet owners can get rid of the worries they have over their beloved pets and know they are in safe hands in case anything happens to them.
Thank you Arkansas Home Hospice Providers for all that you do!
This is such a wonderful idea; I’m so happy because of the fact that organizations like this exist.