According to Forbes, for adults 50 years of age to 80, approximately 55% have at least one pet in the household. These pet lovers say it gives them a sense of purpose and helps to reduce stress. Everyone needs someone to love – that includes both pets and retirees.
Are you considering a move to a senior living community, or talking about a move such as this for a loved one? One of the reasons that some people insist on staying in their own home, as opposed to moving to a senior living community, is that they’re worried about their pets. Whether it’s a dog, cat, goldfish, or other small creature, that pet means the world to them. It’s their confidante, best friend, etc. Very few people will consider a move if their pet can’t come with them.
Good news! There are many pet friendly senior living communities in existence. Where for-profit senior living residences are concerned, approximately 75% today are pet friendly.
Making the Move with Your Best Friend
Pet policies may vary from senior living community to community, but there are some basics involved. As an example of one community’s set of rules and restrictions, your pet can live with you as long as it:
- Is not likely to upset other residents, jump on them, is not aggressive, and is well behaved
- Is litter trained or housetrained
- Is, if required, licensed by the county, state, etc.
- Has regular licensed veterinarian exams and is current with all vaccinations
- Is what would ordinarily be viewed as a “domestic pet”, like a cat or dog. So that you know whether or not your specific pet meets the community’s standards, check with the manager
As long as you can provide complete care for your pet, they would be able to live with you as long as they qualify per the above-stated regulations. Caring for your pet means you can give them any medications they need, you can take them for walks (for exercise and potty needs), you can feed them, etc.
As long as you avoid dining areas and food preparation areas, you may be able to walk your pet around the inside of the community, as well. Once you have read and agree to the pet policies of a community, you may, additionally, be asked to put up a nonrefundable fee. Your pet will need to be on a leash and have a proper ID and collar any time they leave your apartment.
A Senior Living Community with Beautiful Spaces and Lots of Amenities – Discovery Commons At Wildewood
From amazing amenities and cozy residences to inviting indoor common areas and lush outdoor spaces, Discovery Commons At Wildewood is the perfect choice for spending your golden years. Located in the city of California, Maryland, Discovery Commons is close to entertainment options, dining and shopping destinations, scenic parks, and medical facilities.
We have a calendar packed with daily events, offer maintenance and housekeeping, and round-the-clock nursing care and personal support. So your loved one can lead a healthy and happy life, Discovery Commons offers everything they need.
Let us treat you to a delectable chef-prepared lunch – on us, of course – when you schedule a tour of our community. To contact us, call 301.960.3895, or fill out our convenient online form.