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Pets are companions for a lifetime, but pet care treatment costs are not cheap. In fact, there are many pros and cons to owning pet (according to environmental-conscience.com), like:

Pro: Can help with emotional pain

Con: Care can be time-consuming

Pro: Can reduce stress levels

Con: You may need a veterinarian

Pro: Keeps you company

Con: You will be liable for your pet

Pro: Good for people who live alone

Con: Can be unpredictable

Pro: You can do good if you get shelter pets

Con: Can hurt your sleep

Pro: Can teach you patience

Con: Need to clean your home more often

If you are experiencing chronic medical conditions or caring for a person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a live pet may just be too difficult to navigate.

An assisted robotic pet may be just what you need! Interactive Companion Pets are proven to achieve all the benefits of owning a real pet but without the cost or burden of care.

A person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s can love, think, respond, play, and have relationships. They experience and express human emotions, respond to music, access memories of long ago, respond to nature, and recognize facial expressions and gestures. They also understand the meaning of human touch.

An interactive companion pet ensures a person’s well-being. They will feel useful, feel a sense of accomplishment, have a meaningful positive activity, and be able to care for something. The pet would also give them a chance to express love and other positive emotions, feel respected, and be empowered to make choices and have positive social interactions. The use of a companion pet has been shown to improve feelings of self-worth, mood, and physical response, as well as decrease anxiety, agitation and burden on the caregiver. This leaves both the caregiver and loved one with a sense of purpose after a happy and successful day.

If you think a companion pet would be a positive addition to your loved one’s life, CareWell Services have a number of dogs and cats available. The pet is free for the loved one suffering dementia. Please call us (269) 441-0930 for more information.

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