Besides the warm loving feelings they give their owners, they can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. According to the CDC, regular owning and caring for a pet can help to decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship, and unconditional love and affection. We love our pets, that’s why we’re not surprised to find that most households in America have at least one pet, and more than half of older adults age 50 to 80 have a pet. (University of Michigan’s National Poll on Healthy Aging) Because many seniors have four-legged companions, often when a senior is relocating to an assisted living care or memory care facility it can be sudden and their pets are a second thought.
It is common to believe that most assisted living communities do not accept pets, but often it is quite the opposite. We work with assisted living communities that welcome furry friends, but have rules and regulations to ensure the safety and health of the other residents and staff.
At Sunways, we are here to think of all the things that are a second thought. During our free discovery call, we will ask about the pets in the family. When moving a loved one to an assisted living facility with a pet, there are many things to consider. We can help navigate the next steps, and help to think of things like what to do if a loved one can no longer take care of a pet, and which assisted living facilities accept pets. We will also provide information on if an assisted living facility has monthly pet fees, and what types of pets or breeds are excepted.