More than 50 percent of older adults aged 50 to 80 years own a pet. This is not surprising in view of how furry friends can provide companionship, love, and a sense of responsibility and purpose. Additionally, pets also offer those warm and fuzzy feelings which can make pet owners feel happy. Pets are also known to reduce anxiety, stress, and blood pressure as found by researchers. If you are looking to move into a pet-friendly assisted living community, here is what you need to know before making any arrangements.
Pet-Friendly Assisted Living
In a nod to the ever-growing popularity of older adults with pets, many retirement communities today have adopted pet-friendly policies to accommodate residents with their furry companions. Pet-friendly assisted living communities and other retirement communities provide residents with the care and assistance they need for their daily living activities while also providing a conducive environment that is ideal for their pets. Residents no longer need to worry over not being able to continue caring for their pets and can look forward to enjoying retiring along with their furry friends.
Senior Living with Pets
One of the biggest misconceptions about retirement communities is that they do not welcome pets. In reality, many retirement communities in Indiana allow pets including assisted living communities and memory care communities. However, there are rules that you need to know of regarding pet ownership that help ensure the safety and wellness of the employees and residents.
- Exotic or undomesticated animals like snakes or some species of birds are not allowed
- Specific breeds of dogs, like pit bulls, may be restricted
- There may be a weight restriction on the pets
- Residents may be required to sign a declaration form in case they can no longer care for their pet
- Residents may be required to produce vaccination certification for their pets
Pet Therapy in Senior Living
Pet therapy offers plenty of benefits for older adults. Not only does it offer a chance for residents to play with the pets, but pet therapy also lets older adults stay active for better health. Some benefits of pet therapy include the following:
- Reduced feelings of isolation
- Supports joint movement
- Lowers stress
- Lowers risks of depression
Being a pet-friendly retirement community means that residents can all enjoy the company of a pet, whether it belongs to them or their neighbors. Residents can give the pets treats, watch them perform tricks, provide and receive love, and more.
Questions to Ask a Pet-Friendly Retirement Community
- Are there any breed or size restrictions or requirements?
- Is there a pet fee and how much is it?
- Are there any specific types of animals that are not allowed?
- How many pets are currently inside the retirement community? Is there a set limit on the total number of pets?
- What happens if residents can no longer care for their pets?
- What kind of vaccination and health information are required for the pet?
We welcome you to schedule a tour of our pet-friendly retirement community to explore the many outdoor features and on-site amenities that we have.