Your mother may be considering assisted living. That’s a wonderful thing. But perhaps one key issue is her beloved pet. She has no desire to separate from this furry companion, but if she chooses assisted living, is that what’s going to happen?
It all depends on the facility.
Each assisted living facility is different, so it’s important not to conflate all of them with the rules and expectations of one. Some assisted living communities do provide opportunities for aging seniors to have a small pet with them.
But, consider other residents at that facility. There will likely be very specific rules about the size of the animal that can be kept there. It would likely have to be a small animal, like a cat or small dog.
What about service animals?
Today, more and more people are depending on service animals. Laws have also caught up in many states to provide opportunities for people with therapy animals to have them in places where previously they were not longer.
These can be companions, important for those with seizures, or a way to help people cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health challenges.
Contact the assisted living facility directly.
Instead of trying to make assumptions or figure out whether a pet is allowed at a particular assisted living community, it’s best to contact one or more in your area first.
Pets can be tremendously beneficial for people of all ages, especially seniors who may have been living alone for some time. Research has indicated that the simple act of petting an animal can help to lower stress and anxiety levels as well as blood pressure.
If a facility permits pets, what should your mother do?
When you find an assisted living facility that does allow pets, you need to make sure she understands all of the rules and expectations associated with having that animal there with her.
It may have to remain in her room, in a cage when she’s not present, or she may have to be able to walk the dog herself. If she is unable to do that, she may need a family member, friend, or other senior care aide supporting her, just as she may have done for the past several weeks or months at home.
Pets can be wonderful assets for aging men and women, but there are seniors who could be allergic to them, uncomfortable or fearful around them, and your elderly mother must also keep that in mind.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering a move to an Assisted Living Facility for Senior Care Services in Fair Oaks GA please contact the caring staff at Woodland Ridge today. 770-431-7055