Pet ownership or interaction with a pet can have a positive impact on the Care recipient (cr) pet ownership can help the cr avoid problems with social isolation and loneliness by giving the cr something to interact with on a regular basis

Try: First see if the cr’s living situation allows animals nursing homes or assisted living facilities are likely not going to allow pets even if the cr lives at home the house must be suitable for the pet also the cr must want to have a pet discuss the possibility with the cr see if he is open to a pet during this conversation also gauge what type of animal the cr may want assess the cr’s ability to care for the animal when helping the cr select a pet if the cr is unable to interact with a larger animal pick a smaller lower maintenance animal if the cr cannot handle a pet suggest a family member or close friend bring a pet to allow the cr to interact with the animal

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Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical, Social

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Keywords: Pets therapy interaction

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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