Have you or a loved one been putting off assisted living because you’re worried about communities’ pet policies? An increasing number of assisted living communities are accepting pets, and many even offer pet care.
The Benefits of Pet Ownership
91-year old Ed Volick, a pioneer of the American space program, walks his cat, Scooter, every day at Summit at Lakeway Assisted Living in Austin, Texas. While walking cats on a leash is unusual, longevity among pet owners isn’t. Pet owners, put simply, are healthier, happier and live longer. Study after study demonstrates that owning a cat or dog is linked to improved emotional and physical well-being. Caring for Scooter prompts Ed to stay active, provides opportunities for him to socialize, and also gives him the sense of purpose and satisfaction that nurturing a pet brings.
Pet owners, put simply, are healthier, happier, and live longer. Study after study demonstrates that owning a cat or dog is linked to improved emotional and physical well-being. Caring for Scooter prompts Ed to stay active, provides opportunities for him to socialize, and also gives him the sense of purpose and satisfaction that nurturing a pet brings.
Accelerating Animal Acceptance
Traditionally, seniors have had to part with their beloved pets when they move to a senior community, which can be distressing to both senior and pet. Many unfortunate animals end up in shelters when their owners need to transition to a senior community. And inevitably, some seniors who would have thrived at a senior community don’t do as well when they are separated from their furry or feathered friend. But this doesn’t have to be.
There is an increasing recognition among senior communities that residents feel more at home with their animal companions. More and more, senior communities are allowing, and even encouraging, pet ownership. Pet-friendly assisted living communities typically allow cats, small to medium sized dogs, and other small pets. Some communities have a weight limit, or limit pets to one or two, but ultimately, whether a pet is accepted is at a community is at the community’s discretion—so it doesn’t hurt to ask about your pet. Some senior communities even offer pet care and grooming as part of their standard services. We would like to see this trend continue.
Let Us Help You Find Pet Friendly Assisted Living
AssistedLiving.Com employs more than 200 Senior Living Advisors who work locally throughout the United States. They have in-depth knowledge of the communities in their area, and can send you a list of communities that meet your family’s needs and that accept pets with open arms. Contact us to get started, and make sure to let your Advisor know that you’re looking for a pet friendly community.
We’ll conclude with this charming video, which shows an older women receiving a gift you can tell she loves…