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Griswold Home Care Wants Seniors to Know the Benefits of Pet Therapy

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Updated 10:07 AM CDT, Wed, May 29,2019

Williston, VT -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/29/2019 -- Griswold Home Care encourages seniors to know the benefits of owning a pet in the later years of their life. For many years, psychologists have been writing about the myriad of benefits that an animal can bring to the elderly and the sick. Indeed, pet therapy for senior citizens has become highly popular, as people use dogs, cats, and other animals to alleviate conditions as diverse as depression, anxiety, and dementia.

For many seniors, having a pet as a companion around the house can make a wonderful compliment to live-in home care services for Franklin County, VT residents. Having a furry companion around the home can promote mental, emotional, and physical health for seniors in all kinds of ways.

Having a pet to take care of is excellent for encouraging physical activity. Even if an individual has assistance from a home care professional, having a dog or cat will give them a reason to be active in taking their pet out on walks, feeding them, grooming them, and playing with them. Moreover, having ownership, or at least frequent access, to a pet can have a tremendous impact on enthusiasm for life and improving one's mood. The companionship of a pet can be highly valuable to an older individual who is living alone or far away from family or friends.

Pet ownership can also be fantastic for encouraging more social interaction with other humans. Dog owners often love starting up conversations with other owners while out on walks in the neighborhood, a process made easier by the willingness of many dogs to reach out to strangers first. Studies have even demonstrated that pet therapy can be useful in treating seniors with various forms of dementia. These studies have shown patients to exhibit decreased levels of agitation when spending time interacting with animals.

Pet ownership is not right for everyone and is especially dependent on the health and independence of the individual considering pet therapy, but it is an option well worth considering.

To learn about Griswold Home Care's senior home care assistance for Franklin County, VT communities, call their team at 802-662-1799.

About Griswold Home Care Northern Vermont
Griswold Home Care Northern Vermont is a non-medical home care agency that has been proudly serving the Burlington, Vermont, area for over 15 years. David Rosen, a Registered Nurse (RN) and Executive Director of Griswold Home Care Northern Vermont, became passionate about the home care industry when he found his grandmother needed care. Since then, it has been his mission to help others age in place and live the most independent lifestyle possible. In addition to David, other devoted staff members include Sue Richardson, VP of Operations, Lauren Chase, Senior Care Coordinator/Community Liaison, and Kim Bombard, Care Coordinator. Sue, Lauren, and Kim work closely with every client to ensure his or her needs are met with the highest level of compassion, professionalism, and customer care. Ultimately, everything about the agency's culture is very personal, from the level of service to the extensive caregiver screening processes.

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