With old age often comes loneliness.
27% of the elderly are alone. According to a study by Les petits frères des Pauvres, 300,000 people over the age of 60 are in a situation of social death.
This loneliness increases when a person moves to an EHPAD or retirement home. Often, the elderly are removed from their families. Many lose their bearings in this unfamiliar environment. Caregivers are understaffed - difficult to make time to give support.conditionto residents.
This situation of distress is increasing for pet owners. Often, they are forced to give up their dog, cat, etc.when they leave for a retirement home.
These people lose their best friend. Are forced to abandon a person for whom they feel responsible. Often, they are forced to forsake their only source of comfort.
The animal often ends up without a family. If they are too old, they have a hard time being adopted. Due to the lack of space in the shelters, old dogs often end up euthanized.
However, there is a simple solution. Beneficial both for the patients of the EHPAD, and for their dogs. Allow their elderly to take their pet with them.
Studies are systematic: animals help nursing home residents fight loneliness, depression and even illness on a daily basis.
The impact of a dog or cat on the physical health of residents is significant. The animal invites patients to be more mobile - holding a leash, petting, walking...
For the psychological health of patients, the animal is often the best possible care. Taking care of a dog or a cat is rewarding, you feel useful.
For people suffering from Alzheimer's, the presence of their pet puts the resident back in touch with the past, providing a reference point in a depersonalizing and distressing environment.
The animal is also a source of well-being - it does not judge. His unconditional affection helps seniors fight depression and feelings of abandonment.
The animal finally creates a bond - between the residents of the EHPAD, but also with the nursing staff.
Everyone benefits from the presence of animals. This is why we address all directors of EHPAD and retirement homes. Half of them still do not allow dogs or cats in their establishment. We ask them to reconsider their rules of procedure. To consider the tremendous physical and psychological impact this would have on their residents.
Let's fight together against the isolation of people in retirement homes. Against the abandonment of animals. Sign the petition.
Petition link: https://www.mesopinions.com/petition/animaux/accueil-patients-leurs-animaux-ehpad-maisons/64357
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