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Keep Dad, and His Beloved Cat, Healthy When He Has Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Houston TX

Alzheimer's CareThe most important thing to you right now is your father. After he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease you may have looked at a variety of care options. He wanted to remain home. You knew your mother wasn’t going to be able to care for him that much longer.

She was dealing with her own health issues and needed care of her own. Now it’s just your father and that beloved cat. Each passing month you’ve noticed your father requiring more and more help around the house. You’ve done what you could, but there have been other family members and friends helping out as well.

Perhaps it was a sister of yours or some other family member who brought it to your attention first. That cat could very well be a liability to your father.

He gets up in the middle of the night looking for the cat. They’re worried he may wander off, open the door thinking the cat is outside, and maybe even go outside looking for it. These family members and some friends are encouraging him to give that cat up for adoption or let a family member take over its care.

That may not be necessary.

There are numerous recent studies that show the benefits having a pet can have for seniors, including those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The simple act of petting an animal can help to lower blood pressure, stress, and anxiety.

Your father is likely dealing with a tremendous amount of anxiety on a daily basis, especially when he can’t remember where he is, what he was just doing, or recognize some of the people around him.

Imagine waking up one morning, walking out of your bedroom into the kitchen, and seeing another person there you just don’t recognize. It can make you nervous. It can actually cause you great fear, stress, and anxiety.

Imagine that happening several times a day, day after day, week after week.

That beloved animal, though, is providing him comfort.

The best thing you can do right now is to discuss the prospect of hiring home care support services. Home care aides who have a lot of experience working with other seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can provide comfort and physical as well as emotional support for your father while also helping to ensure his beloved cat is healthy, too.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Houston, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.

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Donna Wrabel

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week