Many older adults aged 50 to 80 own a pet. That is not surprising to hear, given that furry friends provide us with companionship, love, and a sense of purpose and responsibility. Not only that, research suggests that pets help to reduce stress, anxiety, and also blood pressure. Many retirement communities recognize the many benefits of owning a pet in older adults. These days, they have started to adopt pet-friendly policies to accommodate older adults and their companions. Pet-friendly assisted living communities give them the assistance and care they require, together with the joy of growing old with their beloved pets. Read on to learn more about the things to consider before bringing your pet to assisted living!
Rules And Regulations
One of the biggest misconceptions around is that assisted living communities do not welcome pets. In reality, many of these senior communities allow pets, including independent living communities and nursing homes. However, it is common for them to have rules regarding pet ownership to ensure the safety and wellness of staff and other residents. These rules include:
- Restrictions related to certain dog breeds
- Undomesticated or exotic animals are not allowed
- Residents may need to state another pet owner in case they cannot take care of their pet
- Pets may be required to weigh less than 15 or 20 pounds
- Communities may need proof when it comes to pet vaccinations
When researching communities, ask these questions to understand pet guidelines:
- Are there any breed restrictions or size requirements?
- Is there a monthly or one-time fee? And how much is that?
- How many pets are there in the community currently and is there a limit?
- What kind of health information or vaccinations are required?
- Are there any specific animals that are not allowed?
- What if my loved one is unable to care for the pet anymore?
Is Your Pet Well-Trained?
Take note if your pet has a history of jumping on people or biting them. An aggressive or noisy pet may lead to fines, complaints, or eviction. It is recommended that you obtain a training certification to prove that the dog can behave well in public.
What Happens Your Health Declines?
You need to plan for the future in case your health declines. Be realistic and understand the great responsibility of caring for a pet. Come up with a plan in case you are unable to properly take care of your pet anymore.
Experience Senior Living In SummerHouse Bay Cove
At SummerHouse Bay Cove, we provide you with a world-class senior living experience. This is where you can enjoy your golden years and lead the fulfilling life you have always wanted. Here, we offer you excellent amenities that can meet your needs. Enjoy healthy and delicious meals prepared by our chefs served to you in the Sensations dining room . Take part in a wide range of fun and exciting activities that we have planned. Our committed team is here to give you the care you deserve. Feel free to contact us for more information.