Lola and Ada here at Home Instead.

Animals can provide significant benefits to the elderly in terms of companionship, emotional support, and even physical health.

It’s important that we can still have things the way we like them as we get older, including having a pet. We are able to help out in such instances here at Home Instead as we can help provide exercise and walks for your loved Dogs. We can help with many daily duties and will work with you to provide a personalised care plan for your needs.

Newport also has such beautiful parks and attractions to have walks with your companions.

Tredegar House and Grounds, a historic mansion, dating back to the 17th century, is managed by the National Trust and offers guided tours, exhibitions, and a tea room for visitors. The estate also features beautiful gardens, including a walled garden, an orangery, and extensive parkland, providing a tranquil and picturesque setting for leisurely walks.

As well as Belle Vue Park, known for its beautiful Victorian-era design and its well-maintained gardens and landscapes. The park was opened in 1894 and was originally created as a recreational space for the growing population of Newport during the industrial revolution, it still exists today as a beloved green space in Newport, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustling city centre. The scenery is truly beautiful.

Both Lola and Ada give theteam such a boost, some might say they care for us! They are very loving and calming to all that meet them. Lola our very intelligent Corgi and Ada is our very beautiful Long-haired dachshund.

There are many reasons for the elderly may have animals:

Companionship: Animals, such as dogs and cats, can be wonderful companions for the elderly. Loneliness and isolation are common issues among seniors, that can even have a physical impact having a pet can be a helping hand to alleviate those feelings by providing constant companionship and a sense of purpose.

Emotional support: Animals are known to have a calming and soothing effect on people. They can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. The presence of an animal can offer emotional support to the elderly, providing them with a sense of comfort, unconditional love, and a reason to smile.

Increased physical activity: Caring for an animal, such as walking a dog, can encourage the elderly to engage in regular physical activity. Taking a dog for daily walks not only helps keep them active but also offers an opportunity for social interaction with other pet owners in the community.

Mental stimulation: Interacting with animals can stimulate cognitive function and memory in the elderly. Taking care of a pet involves routine tasks such as feeding, grooming, and training, which can provide mental stimulation and help maintain cognitive abilities.

Routine and structure: Animals thrive on routine, and their care requires consistency. For the elderly, having a pet can introduce a sense of structure and purpose into their daily lives. Caring for an animal can help establish a regular routine, promoting a sense of responsibility and providing a sense of accomplishment.

Health monitoring: Some animals, such as trained therapy or assistance dogs, can assist in monitoring the health of the elderly. These specially trained animals can be trained to detect medical emergencies, remind individuals to take medication, or alert care professionals (careers) when assistance is needed right at home.

Home Instead Newport, Cwmbran & Chepstow can offer companionship care across all areas including:  Newport, Chepstow, Caldicot, Cwmbran and beyond.

It’s important to note that while animals can provide significant benefits, owning a pet also comes with responsibilities. The elderly should consider their physical abilities and lifestyle factors before adopting a pet. Additionally, proper care, nutrition, and regular veterinary visits are essential to ensure the well-being of both the elderly individual and the animal.