As our pets age or become ill, the ways in which we care for them may change as well.
Do they need to eat a special diet? If you'll be preparing their food, think about how much you can reasonably make and store at one time, or how often you'll need to do it. If you have other pets, be sure to feed them separately, or keep the regular food out of reach.
Do they need assistance in moving around? If you pet has trouble getting up and down stairs, or simply standing and walking, you'll need to help them. Ask your veterinarian the best way you can assist without hurting them, especially if they have areas that are painful, or if you have a larger pet that can't be carried. You may need to provide non-slip coverings for your hardwood floors, or consider grippy boots for your dog to wear when he needs to move around. A harness with a handle or a sling for their back end may be helpful.
Do you need to administer medication? Make sure you're comfortable giving pills or shots, if needed, or enlist the help of someone who is.