Senior Living and Pets - Plan Ahead!
As you prepare for a transition to senior living, there are many considerations to be made. Families often overlook the need to have a conversation about their pets. Studies today have shown that pets are good for the overall health of seniors. Owning a pet encourages a senior to focus on something other than their health and forces them to remain active and social.
Many senior living communities are now allowing pets. However, there are many restrictions and additional costs associated with bringing one’s pet to a senior facility. Pets will be evaluated and are limited to cats and smaller sized dogs -
As you tour various senior communities, bring a list of your “pet questions and concerns” and ask at each location. Also, many assisted living communities today are investing in “community pets” that live on site and can be shared among the residents.
So, as you prepare for a transition to a senior living community, make sure to include plans for pets. If this happens at the last minute it could add undue stress to your senior’s comfort level in their new home.