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The Benefits Of Having A Pet In Senior Living

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Life is always better with a good friend or two — and that doesn’t just include human friends. Companion animals such as cats or dogs bring joy to our lives and provide many additional benefits, especially for seniors. 

Pets provide a number of personal benefits including: 

  • Companionship: Pets can serve as a companion to talk to, can keep us company while sitting outside or watching a movie, and can even provide a much needed laugh.
  • Mobility: Whether engaging your cat with one of their favorite toys or taking your dog for a walk, pets help keep us moving.
  • Comfort and stress relief: It’s been found that just petting a cat or dog can lower blood pressure and increase the natural “feel good” endorphins in the body that make us feel relaxed and happy.

Whether you own a pet now or plan to adopt one in the future, rest assured that there are pet-friendly assisted living and pet-friendly senior living options out there. Like the perks of pet ownership, pet-friendly communities provide their own benefits, some of which include:

A Helpful Way To Make New Friends

Pet-friendly communities provide residents with an added way to meet neighbors and make new friends. For example, if you’re planning to bring a dog with you, you could form a dog walking group with some of your fellow dog-owning residents. 

Pets also give us easy opportunities to strike up conversations with one another. Ask your neighbor what their pet’s name is, or what their favorite treats are. You’ll find that your furry friend can be a great asset when it comes to helping you make more human friends in your senior living community.

two residents petting a residents dog while chatting over coffee

A Community That Will Care For Your Pet As Much As You Do 

All of our StoryPoint communities are pet-friendly, and our residents’ pets are typically welcome to participate with you in activities, while walking throughout courtyards and more. We also offer pet care services for residents who would like some support for their furry friends.

A Chance To Enjoy Your New Surroundings

You want to get the most out of your new senior living community, and a pet is a great way to do this. A dog can be an excellent walking companion with which to explore the beautiful outdoor spaces around your new home. A pet is also a great way to enjoy your indoor surroundings. Snuggle together in your apartment or cozy up to a common room fireplace — most cats and dogs love nothing more than to be by your side, sharing the moment with you.

StoryPoint resident sitting with her cat

We’re Ready To Welcome You And Your Pet

You know that feeling of walking in the door and having your beloved pet happily waiting to greet you with a wag of a tail or a sweet “meow.” At StoryPoint, we want our residents to have the opportunity to experience this feeling if they choose. In our community, home means having your best pet friend with you. 

For more information about our pet-friendly senior living communities, please contact us at 1-855-407-8679.

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