Most older people who have a much-loved pet could not bear the thought of being separated from them at a time in their life when they are facing the challenges of older age, which make caring for a pet more challenging. When a person needs long-term care and support many believe their only choice is to move into a residential care home. Sadly, for those with pets this can mean addressing the reality that they will be separated from their pet, as there are very few care homes that will permit a resident keeping their pet. Given there are so many widely recognised advantages to older people of having a pet, everything should be done to ensure you or your loved one is able to keep their pet as long as possible with all the support they need. At The Good Care Group we have been helping people to stay at home with their beloved pet for over 10 years. Here we explain why you should consider home care that will support your pet too, the importance of it for older people and what it includes.
Staying at home with pet care
A survey commissioned by The Live-In Care Hub in 2017 titled Better at Home, discovered that shockingly over two million people in the UK know an elderly person that had to have their cat or dog put to sleep, or be given away when they moved into a residential care or nursing home. The survey also found that 20% of elderly people would put their health at risk by refusing to go into a care home without their pet and 17.4% would pretend they were fine, so they did not have to go into a home and leave them.
Parting from a much-loved animal and moving into a residential care home means a person is likely to suffer feelings of loss, depression and anxiety as they face life without their life-long companion.
How our pets help us in older age
There are so many ways in which pets benefit people in the later years, including:
- Reduced loneliness
- Improved mental well-being and self-esteem through companionship
- Reduced boredom
- Improved mobility by being active and walking
- Regular exercise boosts the immune system making you more able to fight off infections
- Reduces stress and depression
- Promotes happiness, comfort and fulfilment in life
What is in home pet care?
There are many compelling benefits to receiving live-in care, and not enduring the upset and upheaval of moving into a care home to get the care and support you need. Not least that it means that you can get pet and home care from a professional carer who will support you to continue to have the relationship you always have had with your pet. As part of the live-in care service we provide, your professional carer will be happy to walk your dog, ensure your pets are groomed and feed them when required, meaning you can focus on having the quality time you want to enjoy your pet – just as you always have – without the worry or burden of caring for them if you do not feel able.
High-quality home care for you, and in home pet care for your pet
Our care is focused on keeping people safely and happily in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, whilst improving their overall health and well-being. Care is provided on a one-to-one basis and is highly personalised reflecting not just an individual’s care needs, but their choices, wishes and social preferences so they are able to maintain as much independence as possible and live a healthy and happy life. The care of your pets is very much part of our care planning process as they are a very important part of how you wish to live your life.
In home pet care tasks
Dog walking and animal exercises
Our professional carer will be happy to take your dog for a walk and if you have other animals will be happy to exercise them too.
Feeding your pets
We know through our experience of providing pet care at home, that many pets have very specific dietary requirements. Our professional carer will ensure your pets are fed and watered to meet their needs. Feeding times and dietary requirements will be included in the care plan. They will also monitor changes in dietary requirements and respond to ensure their needs are met.
Our professional carer will ensure your much-loved dog gets all the grooming they need at home. They can also facilitate your dog attending grooming appointments.
If you have a pet that lives in a cage, a cat that uses a litter tray or fish in a tank our professional carer will ensure these are cleaned as required to ensure high levels of hygiene and cleanliness just as they will for your own home.
Pet supplies and food
Our professional carer will ensure you have a stock of any pet supplies and that their food cupboard is adequately stocked.
Why choose The Good Care Group for pet and home care?
At the heart of our live-in care is enabling people to live well in their own home with the care and support they need from a carefully well-matched, trained live-in carer who provides a better quality of life for those receiving care. Families receive reassurance that the carer is managed by us reducing the burden of managing the care themselves.
There are many other compelling benefits to receiving live-in care from The Good Care Group to ensure your pet gets the pet home care they need:
Planning care for you, and your pet
Our approach to care planning considers not only your care and support needs, but those of your pet, which will be outlined in the plan of care. We regularly review the plan of care, responding quickly to changing needs and monitoring progress. If you pet home care needs change, we will update our approach to meet their needs.
Carers matched to provide high-quality pet care services
A live-in care arrangement usually involves two carers working on a two-week rotation. They will be carefully matched working with you and your family to ensure they are able to meet not just your care and support needs but are closely aligned with how you wish to live your life, sharing common interests, including a love of pets. We aim to match a professional carer who will share the same fondness of pets as you do, so you can all enjoy life together.
Highest rated service by care regulators in England and Scotland
The Good Care Group is the only dedicated live-in care provider in England to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) across all five categories – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. In Scotland our service has been inspected by the Care Inspectorate (CI), receiving the highest rating of a 6 (Excellent) for Quality of Care and Support and 5 (Very Good) for Staffing and Management and Leadership. We know this provides families with peace of mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care, whilst their pets benefit too from the very best dedicated support at home.
A fully managed and regulated care service
Unlike introduction agencies, who are not regulated by CQC or the CI, all our live-in carers are directly employed and managed by us. We ensure they are supervised by an experienced manager and supported by clinical experts – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By employing are carers they are engaged in our high-quality approach to delivering care at home and decide to stay with us longer than many carers who work for an introduction agency. This means you and your pet get continuity of care and support, without constantly changing carers – peace of mind for everyone, including your pet!
Unrivalled management support to support you and your pet
We operate nationwide with a local approach to management of our teams near you. Each dedicated care manager has a small portfolio of clients to support, providing unrivalled levels of support to, not just our clients, but our care team enabling a service that is of the very highest quality. This means if there is ever a problem, we can respond efficiently and effectively to ensure you and your pet continue to receive the highest standards of care.