Social Inclusion for Elderly

Posted on Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Pets provide companionship for many elderly people however there may be obstacles in caring and keeping a pet. An $8500 donation was made to RSPCA NSW so that older people can access the resources they need to continue to care for their beloved pet.

Social Inclusion for Elderly is a project by RSPCA where RSPCA Yagoona case workers conducted home visits to 19 elderly pet owners to assist with basic pet care such as feeding, exercise, grooming and veterinary treatments. The program also offers emergency pet boarding should elderly pet owners need to spend long periods in the hospital.

Elderly pet owners receive much-needed human interaction each time they’re visited by case workers. These points of contact ensure elderly people feel connected to the wider community and helps combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.

“Our main goal is to keep our elderly residents physically and mentally healthier and more connected to their community” said Domenica Nascimento, RSPCA Manager.

“Caring for a pet can help ease loneliness, relieve stress, anxiety and depression, and provide unconditional love to their owners. Canterbury’s support enabled elderly community members and their beloved animal companion to maintain their bond, providing physical and mental health support for both” said Peter Winchester, Chairman of Canterbury League Club.