As we journey through life, we hit all sorts of challenging times. Our bodies, needs and cares change with age, but so do those of our families around us. As older relatives age, how can we help elderly people keep active? Here are some organisations which may help care homes & individuals caring for older relatives. Read about the care home which started a pet farm for its residents. More...
Would you want to be parted from your pet?
Too many elderly people do have to say goodbye to their very dear friends when they have to move on from independent living and move into a home. The good news is that many homes which do take pets and the key is to finding them. Help is at hand
Giving elderly people purpose
Pets as Therapy
Pets as Therapy are well known for their work visiting care homes, hospitals, hospices and so on. What is not so well known about Pets as Theapy is that they also work with stroke victims as part of a team with physios and medical staff. If your Mum has had a stroke, a Pets as Therapy volunteer could help the team involved in her rehabilitation. They also help children with phobias of dogs, usually going into schools. For more info, click here.
Gardening is great therapy
Thrive is a small national charity which enlists gardening & horticultural activities to help change the lives of people with disabilities or to help those who have suffered from an illness or coping with a difficult time in their lives. It can also help slow down the deterioration when someone has a degenerative illness, people who arerecovering from strokes & heart disease. Thrive also works with those who are blind or partially sighted,whether they are already into the hobby or just starting off. Thrive has 2 garden projects in Berkshire & London but it also supports 900 garden projects in the UK so contact Thrive to find one close to you.
This site has some really lovely ideas on how to bring gardens,flowers and plants to the elderly. Activity Managers in nursing or residential homes may find this site particularly invaluable
Finding a pet friendly care home - how to find a pet friendly care home.
The Cinnamon Trust has a network of volunteers who will help the elderly and terminally ill with pet care - in their own homes or in care homes. They also have a database of care homes who will take pets. And they're always looking for 100% reliable volunteers who understand the bond between the elderly and their pets. Visit the Cinnamon Trust
Wiltshire Farm Foods can deliver meals to your elderly relatives around the UK. straight to the customer all over mainland UK. Their chefs make sure that meals are balanced, nutritious and full of flavour. Their friendly drivers are trained and police checked so you know they can be trusted. They deliver for free everywhere in the UK. They could be a great source of back-up care or continually provide your loved ones with good food if you can't get to them yourself. Visit Wiltshire Farm Foods