March 2 2018
If you have decided it may be time to downsize and move into senior housing, then you may also be faced with the challenging task of moving from your long-time home to a smaller setting that is unfamiliar to you. You may also be worried about whether or not your pet will be able to join you on the next part of your life journey.
Before you start to worry too much, there are still senior housing facilities available that are pet friendly, so you don’t have to sacrifice your longtime companion when you move into senior housing.
Keep in Mind
As you begin your research to find a senior housing or assisted living facility that is pet friendly, you will also want to keep in mind that there may be certain restrictions that are placed on the pets such as size and breed.
Benefits of Having a Pet
There are many benefits of having a pet including the companionship they offer. They are good for your physical and emotional health and can even help you engage in more rewarding social interaction and engagements as well.
Seniors that have pets have also been found to have a reduced risk of depression and isolation. They are also known to be more spontaneous and active and are positively stimulated emotionally.
Questions to Ask
When you are going through facilities to find the best fit, there are a few questions you should be sure to ask when meeting with them.
- What are the rules and regulations regarding pets?
- Are the available units large enough to accommodate a pet?
- What is the deposit or fee if I want to have my pet with me?
- Does the facility offer a place to walk my pet and is it well-lit?
While there may be many more questions you have, these are a few that focus in on some of the most important things you need to know if you want to have your pet remain with you in senior housing.
The facility will also want to ensure that your pet will not pose a risk to any other residents or cause an unnecessary nuisance. Your pet should be well behaved and in good health, as well as up to date on all shots and vaccines.
Your pet should also be adequately trained so no issues will arise due to its behavior. Typically, several senior housing facilities will allow small cats and medium sized dogs, but you will need to inquire about any other regulations they may have.