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Senior Care – The Best Dogs for Seniors

Senior Care in Chandler, AZ – The Best Dogs for Seniors

Having a pet can be very a positive addition to an elderly person’s life, and one of the best choices is a dog. But there are so many breeds with different personalities and demands, and it can be pretty hard to choose the perfect one. Senior Care Chandler AZSure, all dogs are sweet and full of love, but some of them require lots of energy and care.

When adopting or purchasing a four-legged friend there are lots of things to consider. Some of the things to review are time and space the pet will need. Of course, there is a money issue and needs of the senior person. If your senior loved one has medical issues or mental disabilities that has to be considered, too.

These are some of the best solutions and options for the elderly who wants dog as a pet:

  • Puppies aren’t the best choice for senior people simply because they demand much more energy and training than older dogs. Older ones have usually at least basic training including being house trained and know how to obey simple commands.
  • Dogs in their senior years can be great companions for elderly. Senior dogs are very loving and little less active, which is perfect for people with physical disabilities because they don’t require lots of energy. But health issues are common with older dogs, so that has to be considered when adopting one.
  • Smaller breeds are less challenging than bigger ones, they require less food, less space and much less energy. Larger dogs with no training can be dangerous; imagine a large dog pulling on a leash – this could be challenging even for young people. Not all big breeds are bad choice, but the best advice is to first consider a smaller dog.
  • The best breeds for seniors include Pug, Boston terrier, Beagle and Chihuahua. Poodle and Schnauzers are easily trained. Mini Schnauzer and Shih Tzu are known for being hypoallergenic breeds, if allergies are a potential issue. But in the end every dog has its own particular nature and the best way to choose is to spend some time with them and get to know each other and see if they fit well with your loved one.

For help with pet care, and other daily tasks of living your senior parent may need assistance with, the best choice is hiring senior care services.  If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Chandler, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

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Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.