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Creature Comfort … Aging with Pet Love

For centuries, humans have enjoyed deeply nurturing and enriching bonds with their pets. Creatures of all kinds can lift our spirits, comfort us, shower us with affection, and surround us with boundless love.

For some seniors, their furry or feathered friend might be the best part of their day. Their pets might be the reason they get out of bed; the reason they still venture out for a daily walk; one of the few things that makes them smile.

If you have an aging parent or loved one with a devoted pet, chances are it’s heartbreaking to think about having to separate them from one another, down the road.

At AgeCare we believe that having pets in senior homes can not only provide companionship and increase the quality of life for our residents, but it also has a positive effect on our residents’ health.
A 2019 Study by the Mayo Clinic found that pet ownership can lower the risks of heart disease and other medical conditions.

To foster pet relationships with seniors in our communities, we offer three choices:

  1. Some of our retirement communities allow pets! Residents with pets are required to sign a “pet care contract” undertaking to provide all the care and responsibility for their pet. In each community we also maintain pet-free zones.
  2. All of our communities welcome families and friends to bring well-behaved vaccinated pets for visits at our communities. There are some conditions in place to ensure rules are observed and other residents are not negatively impacted.
  3. We encourage pet therapy! We invite pet visitations from Pet Access League Society (PALS), and other similar organizations to regularly visit our supportive living and long-term care residents. Pet therapists bring their dogs, cats and various other friendly critters to our communities for residents who crave one-on-one pet time.