Veterans, Dogs, Home Care, and Keeping Everyone Safe
Aging Veterans Care
Michael served during the Vietnam War. He was in the Navy and stationed somewhere offshore. He spent more than four years in the Navy before finally being honorably discharged.
When he was growing up, Michael had two dogs, and when he was discharged and out of service, he went back to being a dog owner. As he got older, he never went for more than a couple of months at a time without having at least one dog in his care. He absolutely loved his animals and remembers every single one he had through the years.
Now that he’s approaching 80 years of age, Michael has a dilemma. He is having difficulty with his own care, much less taking care of another living creature, dog or otherwise. He’s expressed some concerns with his immediate family, mostly his adult son, and the common answer is for him to give up the dog altogether. He doesn’t want to do that, though. He also doesn’t want his dog to be put at risk because he may be unable to properly care for it like he used to.
September is AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month and pets can be a great asset to seniors of all ages and with numerous types of physical challenges and other health issues.
Eventually, Michael came to the realization that at his age he just wasn’t capable of tending to his own care the same way he had just a few years prior. He knew that it was time to consider home care support services. He assumed, at that time, it would mean giving up his beloved dog.
He talked it over with his son and together they contacted a couple of agencies that provided home care aides and other services in the area. Michael was surprised to discover that these agencies may actually be able to provide home care aides who can also help him with tending to some other basic things in life, including light housekeeping, going shopping, and even taking care of his dog.
Mike was upfront and honest with the agency about his dog because he didn’t want any potential aid being surprised that he had an animal. This helped narrow down the choices of home care providers, but it was still a significant list of caregivers.
In this situation, even though Michael was a veteran and took great pride in being able to take care of himself, he understood his limitations and put his safety and the proper care of his beloved companion first. That’s why he called on the services of a home care aide.