AN AWARD-WINNING care agency is showing its support for National Pet Month (April 1 until May 7, 2018) and says its service users benefit hugely from being able to keep animals in their own homes.
Abacare says pets can play a huge role in their owner’s health and quality of life as they get older, as they can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and are great for increasing social and physical activity.
Sam Evans, Registered Manager at the award-winning Abacare, which has offices in Newtown, said: “We’re supporting this year’s National Pet Month and celebrating the benefits of pets for the nation.
“Pets help reduce depression and can help prevent loneliness, which is extremely important among our service users and the elderly in general. We’re big advocates of elderly people being able to stay in the comfort of their own homes and thanks to our care, more and more are able to do so.
“This means they can remain in their own familiar surroundings while receiving care and have all their belongings close by at all times, including beloved pets, which are often vital family members.
“If our service users have dogs, and are mobile, then we encourage them to walk them regularly, as it’s a great way for them to get up and out of the house, as well as being good for the dog too. They may even be able to interact with other dog walkers on their journey.
“Cats make fantastic pets too as they are low-maintenance. Stroking a cat can have a calming and soothing effect, decreasing stress and anxiety levels.
“Simply having and caring for a pet helps to stimulate a person’s mind, which is great for the elderly. It can help them focus on something other than physical/health problems and the negativity surrounding growing older. In some cases pets can even help people with memory loss interact and access memories from years ago.”
Now in its 27th year, National Pet Month takes place from Sunday, April 1 until Saturday, May 7, 2018 and promotes responsible pet ownership and raises awareness of the mutual benefits of living with pets.
Abacare carers can visit service user’s homes and administer care, allowing them to remain in the comfort of their own homes and have their belongings nearby including beloved pets.
They can also help with basic pet needs such as dog walking and feeding if necessary and if stipulated in a service users’ care requirements.
Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.
The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout Wales.
Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.
It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people.
It is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.
Abacare has been awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development for the fourth year running.
Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.
For more information about Abacare, please call the Newtown office on 01686 625644 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/Yn4zmS or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare.
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