For many, pets are an important aspect of enjoying life in retirement. According to a recent healthy-aging poll, where individuals between the ages of 50 and 80 are concerned, more than 50% have a pet. A sense of responsibility and purpose is provided by a pet, as well as companionship and love. Research also suggests that blood pressure, anxiety, and stress may be reduced by the warm feelings you receive from petting, snuggling with, and caring for a pet.
Today, more and more people are bringing pets to a retirement community. Thankfully, the number of retirement communities that accept pets is increasing, as well. If you are reviewing retirement communities for consideration, and you own a pet, be clear as to what their pet policy is before you make any decisions. Chances are, you don’t have to give up your furry friend to enjoy retirement, thanks to changing views on the inclusion of pets in today’s retirement communities.
Before you decide on retiring to an independent living community with your pet, make sure you consider all important factors.
Pets Are Allowed, But…
Though, as just referenced, more and more retirement communities are allowing pets, they have to draw the line somewhere. The safety and health of the care team and other residents must be considered. Regulations and rules will apply, such as the following:
- You must offer proof of shots, vaccinations, etc.
- On the chance that the pet can no longer be cared for by the resident, a designated pet caregiver must be declared.
- A weight limit is usually in effect. Frequently, this can be around 20 pounds or less.
- Some particular dog breeds may be restricted.
- Very often, communities will not allow snakes, certain birds, and other exotic and/or undomesticated animals.
Questions for Communities that Allow Pets
Make sure the pet guidelines of your chosen community are fully understood before you make your move. Here are some questions to ask ahead of time:
- If I can’t adequately care for my pet, what are my options?
- What are the required shots, vaccinations, and other types of health information you’ll need to see proof of before I move in?
- Is there a limit to how many pets I can have? Within this community, how many pets currently reside? Is there a community limit?
- Where size requirements and dog breeds are concerned, are there any restrictions?
- Is there an extra cost associated with having a pet, like a monthly or one-time pet fee?
Assistance with Your Pet
In some cases, but not all, retirement communities offer services or individuals to assist you in caring for your pet. Some of the services offered may include the following:
- Pet “Happy Hours” where groups of pets get together to enjoy activities
- Assistance with feeding
- Help with grooming
- Dog walking services
Bring Your Little Companion with You to Our Independent Living Community
Our Independent Living Community understands the importance of pets in the lives of our retirees. That’s why we are a pet-friendly community.
We know your practical but stylish one- or two-bedroom apartment just wouldn’t be complete without the companionship of your little furry friend. Many of us on the care team are pet lovers ourselves. We welcome you to speak to one of our representatives as to what types of restrictions may apply where the size and/or type of pet is concerned.