Pet Therapy and Dementia – Blog
21st July 2021
Can a pet help someone with dementia?
Many people with dementia find their pet to be an invaluable support. Their pet may provide them with a purpose and companionship. However, there may be times a person with dementia struggles to look after their pet. It can be difficult to know what is best.
According to Alzheimers.org.uk there are a number of things to consider before adopting a pet for a person with dementia. These are:
- Do they have mental capacity to decide if they want a pet or not? In order to make this decision they will need to understand the commitment involved.
- Will the person be able to meet the needs of the animal?
- Some breeders, rescue centres and pet shops will be hesitant to sell a pet to someone with dementia.
- Not all people with dementia enjoy interacting with animals. Some may be afraid of animals or feel aggravated by them.
- Would the person benefit from semi-regular interactions with a pet. Maybe visits from a friends or family members pet may be a good compromise
To view the main article from alzheimers.org.uk click on the link below:
If you care for someone with dementia and you, or they live in Blackburn with Darwen call us today for advice and support on 01254 688440.
Or visit us at www.bwdcarers.org.uk