In the Health section of this week’s Chicago Tribune is an article entitled “A place for mom, dad and Spunky.” Good news for those who love animals, and perhaps not so good news for those with allergies.
Either way, a pet-friendly wave is sweeping over senior living communities, thanks to the increased demand from the adult children of prospective residents. Per the Tribune article, about 40 percent of adult children searching for senior housing asked if the community allowed pets.
In many cases, says the article, the loss of a spouse precipitates the move to assisted living, and families don’t want to separate the surviving spouse from their beloved pets in the process.
For those who would rather not live in a pet-friendly community, there are still plenty of options, according to the piece.
The companionship of pets, whether of dogs, cats, fish, birds, bunnies and beyond, offers benefits that far outweigh the potential drawbacks. Pets foster joy, meaning, and even contribute to a healthy routine for seniors in assisted living, via regular walks and a daily feeding schedule.