There was an episode of the Twilight Zone in the 50’s where a senior man refused to walk through the gates of heaven if they wouldn’t let him bring his dog in with him. Fortunately, they did let him, and it is certain that many senior citizens feel just as strongly about wanting to bring their beloved pets with them while transitioning to their next stage of life— assisted living. Many communities today have taken into account the benefits that owning pets can provide, such as stress relief, happiness, and feelings of companionship. Studies have even found medical benefits such as lowered blood pressure and heart rate to be attributed to pet owning. In response, many senior care facilities are now not only pet friendly, but also offer nurturing, grooming, and pet sitting services for the resident’s four-legged roommates— assisting their living too!
When searching for your ideal assisted living option, make sure to investigate some of the following factors regarding their policies on pets:
• Does the assisted living community allow pets in the first place?
• Is the weight or size of your pet an important factor?
• Does the senior care community make restrictions to certain breeds?~Is more than one pet allowed? If so, how many?
• Are there exceptions or special cases where a pet-restricted community may allow pets? Such as comfort animals, or seeing-eye dogs?
Once these matters have been addressed, potential assisted living residents can explore what other services, programs, or pet friendly options are available for their domestic animals. Some communities, even provide the services of Pet Coordinators to keep an eye on resident’s pets, safeguarding any registered animals and making sure they are receiving proper medications, food, and physical activity. Be sure to go over these prospects when consulting your assisted living options, if the idea of living arrangement without your pet does not sound like heaven.