A pet is considered an extended part of any family and can provide great health benefits, especially for aging adults that may be lonely. They provide companionship and comfort in times of need. The health benefits that pets can provide include lowering blood pressure, reduce stress, increase physical activity, and provide social interaction. Often times if an aging adult has had their pet companion for a while, and then the pet passes away, family members or the aging adult may start to feel or notice symptoms of a physical or emotional health decline. Connection to a pet is often strong and for this reason it is important to not underestimate the love felt for a pet companion and never diminish the loss of one.
When considering a pet companion, is important that the family and aging adult chooses the right pet for them and asks some basic questions.
Have they had a pet in the past and/or what type of pet was it they had before?
Do they have an physical limitations?
Do they need a specific trained therapy dog for emotional support?
Would an aging pet be best for the aging adult?
What are my finances like? Dogs can be more expensive than a low maintenance animal like a fish.
Who will take care of the pet if you are away or in rehab for a short term stay?
If you are choosing to transition into an senior community, will they allow pets?
Communities, like The Views, are pet friendly. We understand the important benefits that come along with having the companionship of a pet. Call one of our Views locations to learn how you and your pet companion can enjoy our communities.