Alternatives to a Full Time Pet
Owning a pet isn’t the only way for those living with a type of dementia to enjoy the benefits that come from regular interaction with animals.
Many people living with dementia benefit from comforting dolls or teddies which are able to replicate the calming effects of a real pet. You might also consider whether a friend or family member has a suitable pet which they could bring along from time to time for your loved one to interact with. If this isn’t an option, there are national charities such as Pets As Therapy and Therapy Dogs Nationwide which offer pet therapy visits – as well as many local charities offering the same service. This is something your Helping Hands carer will be happy to help you research and plan.