Pets provide a variety of benefits for those in their golden years. Unconditional love, constant companionship, and reduced stress are some of the psychological benefits of having a pet. An increase in activity levels, a boost in social interaction, and lowered blood pressure are some other benefits that have been ascribed to taking care of pets. In assisted living communities, pets can provide comfort and joy to their owners. If you and are your loved one are looking at pets for assisted living, take a look at our suggestions below.
Factors to Consider
Before choosing a pet for your loved one, it’s important to remember that pets are not a decision to be made lightly. There are various factors to first consider before choosing a pet:
- Energy Levels and Activity Requirements: Particularly for dogs, the energy level – and thus activity required per day – varies from breed to breed. Your loved one will have to make sure that they, or the assisted living program, are up to the task of bringing the dog out for daily walks and potty breaks. For those with a less active lifestyle, it would be good to choose a dog breed with lower energy, or another pet altogether.
- Size: Smaller dogs, cats, fishes, and birds are pets that you don’t have to worry too much about in terms of size. They are not liable to accidentally knocking your loved one over and are easier to transport.
- Age: Puppies, kittens, or baby rabbits might not be the best choice for your loved one. They require more attention than adults and have higher care needs. An older pet is a better bet for your loved one. Not only will they already be potty-trained, but they also tend to have a calmer disposition, making them great companions to relax with. Getting an older pet for the elderly is also a wonderful decision as most families that head to shelters to adopt tend to focus on younger animals, which ends up in older pets being neglected. By adopting an older pet, your loved one can help give a senior animal a new lease of life.
Best Pets for the Elderly
- Cats: Cats are wonderful companions for those in their golden years. They thrive indoors and tend to be quieter. They are also more independent and do not require constant attention or daily walks. It is important to note that each cat still has a distinct personality. Some cats may appear standoffish while others are affectionate. Some are easily entertained while others might prefer to keep themselves.
- Dogs: They’re called “man’s best friend” for a reason. An older dog, or a more sedentary breed, is the perfect companion. Dogs are wonderful for cuddling, they’re loyal, and they’ll always be there for you. Having to walk a dog daily also is a great way to keep your loved one motivated to exercise.
- Birds: Birds can be delightful companions for your loved ones. They’re easy to clean up after, small and beautiful to watch and can thrive even with limited interaction. Their dulcet voices are also soothing and can perk up any living environment
Whatever pet you choose, it’s important that your loved one is up to the task of taking care of them, and that the pet can thrive in their living environment. Why not schedule a tour with us today for the most ideal location?