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Make Sure the Prospective Home Care Aide is Aware of Any Pets

Home Care for Seniors in Dover NH

It may have taken you quite a while to convince your aging father to consider home care as a viable option, and now that he’s agreed, you began contacting a couple of agencies in the area to see Home-Care-for-Seniors-in-Dover-NHabout the cost, availability, and other factors.

If your father has a pet, it’s important to be upfront and honest about this right from the start. Not only will a prospective home care aide quickly learn that there’s a pet in the house, even if you or your father try to hide it from them, it can pose certain challenges that may be difficult to overcome moving forward.

One of those challenges could be with regard to honesty and trustworthiness.

Far too many people have bought into certain misconceptions about home care services and believe most caregivers are untrustworthy. In truth, most experienced caregivers are kind, compassionate individuals who truly care about their elderly clients.

Many of these caregivers are stepping into unfamiliar situations and have certain apprehension with regard to the environment, the type of person they’ll be working with, and other factors. It can be difficult to trust a person after that trust has been broken.

So, if a home care aide has gone through an interview with an elderly client and decides to work with him, but they have some aversion to certain dogs, for example, or has allergies and the fact that the senior has pets was hidden from them, that can be a breach of trust that makes it difficult for them to comfortably work with the senior in the future.

Pets can be a great asset to seniors of all ages and physical capabilities. Just because your aging father or other loved one may have difficulty taking care of himself right now doesn’t mean he should have to give up that pet right away.

There are many experienced and qualified home care aides that are more than willing, happy, and capable of supporting seniors with pets. They may even be able to provide some support in caring for those pets.

Being open and honest about the situation from the start of the search for a home care aide is important. Even though the senior’s favorite prospect may be allergic to pets, it’s unfair to them to withhold that information.

The more honest everyone is in the process, the easier it’s going to be, including for the senior who relies on assistance and also loves his pet.

If you or someone you know needs the help of home care for seniors in Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.


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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!

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