My 87-year-old father fell in love over the weekend. His new “amore”? A 10-year-old dog named Lulu. The small collie is the pet of a friend who came for a visit. Dad kept trying to coax Lulu to come to him with various treats, although our own two miniature Schnauzers were right beside him trying to snag the goodies since Lulu wasn’t displaying any interest. Nevertheless, Dad would love to have a dog like Lulu in addition to our two dogs.
December 31st, 2010 at 11:59 am
While some caregivers and nursing home personnel share magical stories about various pet and elder interactions in nursing homes and caring at home circumstances, the success of pet-elder interactions is also culturally influenced. It would be shortsighted for those of us who are unpaid or paid caregivers to assume otherwise. As Dr. Stephen Covey has said, “Seek first to understand.” Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People easily applies to caregiving.