If your elderly mom chooses to age in place, you may worry about how much socialization she is getting. Luckily, some things can help age in place and feel much less lonely. Your senior mom may benefit from finding the right in-home care provider who can not only be a good person to talk to but also provide non-medical transportation to other local activities that could provide extra time to get together with friends with whom your senior can connect. Another thing that can help make aging in place more fun is to adopt a pet.
Now, before recommending pets to your mom or dad, ensure they not only want a pet but are capable of taking care of a little furry friend or that their in-home care aides can assist them with this task.
Adopt a Fish
Okay, one of the easiest pets to take care of is fish! They may not seem like much, and so many people look over having them, but they can boost the mood of anyone who is aging in place. If they like the sun, you can put them in the center of your loved ones’ home, on a shelf, or even on a windowsill. Your senior just needs a fish bowl and a smaller bowl for when they need to change the water. This is an easy low maintenance but will still make your senior happy and a little less lonely.
Find a Turtle Friend
A new popular trend is to have turtles. These little creatures can live for a very long time and may love small pets from your elderly mom. They are cute and pretty easy to take care of. However, their habitats might be a little pricey to buy. You can try to save money by finding used items at garage sales or online sales. Turtles are slow-moving but will love to walk around your senior’s home, and it makes them easy to catch when it’s time to put them away. They also don’t smell, and it’s easy to clean their homes occasionally.
Some birds sing lovely songs, and others can repeat and talk back to you. If your elderly mom does not walk around often or does not want to leave the house, a bird can be a great pet choice for them. They form strong attachments with their owners and love affection. A bird may want to fly around the house but will go back into their cage or safe spot at the end of their playtime. Their cages are easy to clean, and bird food is relatively budget-friendly. This is a great pet for an elderly mom who wants a low-maintenance but highly affectionate pet.
Get a Pet Rabbit
Pet bunnies are so cute but require a moderate amount of work. You will need to ensure your senior is up to bunny-proofing their home if they plan on letting the rabbit out of their cage and ensure they have enough time to spend with their bunnies. Rabbits will need a lot of entertainment when they are young, space to run around, and will form a strong attachment to their owners. These pets also can live up to 15 years, depending on the size and breed, so they are a commitment your senior will have to be willing to make.