Elderly people and their pets

a black dog, cat and a brown dog

 Many elderly people living alone, live for their pets.

It has been proved that pets are good for you, a welcome source of company . Elderly people and their pets have that special relationship between owner and pet adds hugely to the quality of life, but the pleasures and benefits can be marred by the anxiety regarding the fate of their pet should they  die, fall ill, or have to move to residential accommodation. If  the beloved pet dies  elderly owners are often reluctant to have another one  for these reasons. Life for them loses much of  its purpose.

In  February I wrote an article about help with vet bills for the elderly and although there does appear to be little or no help available to the elderly with these directly the Cinnamon Trust offer practical help in times of need.

What is the Cinnamon Trust?

Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity which seeks to relieve the anxieties, problems, and sometimes injustices, faced by elderly and terminally ill people and their pets, thereby saving a great deal of human sadness and animal suffering. Founded in 1985 by Mrs Averil Jarvis whose determination and dedication has ensured that the manifest need is fully addressed.

What can the Cinnamon Trust  do ?

The Trust’s primary objective is to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets. To this end it works in partnership with owners to overcome any difficulties that might arise. A national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care poses a problem – for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.

A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face aspell in hospital – volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited.

The Cinnamon Trust also provides long term care for pets whose owners have died or moved to residential accommodation which will not accept pets. Arrangements are made between owners and the Trust well in advance, so owners do have peace of mind in the knowledge that their beloved companion will have a safe and happy future. Emergency cards are available on request.

When a pet is in the Trust’s care either short term or long term because the owner is in care, the owner is kept in touch with visits, if possible, or regular photos and letters.

To find out more about the Cinnamon Trust and how they can help elderly people and their pets  or how you could perhaps help them please click here.

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Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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