There are many factors to consider when researching what senior living community offers the best fit for you. Are the activities you want offered? Do the floor plans fit your belongings? And perhaps one of the more emotionally driven questions to ask; is it pet-friendly?
Pets are much more than additional roommates; they truly become a part of the family. At Springpoint, we make your transition into senior living as smooth as possible. One way we do this is by offering pet-friendly homes, so you won’t have to leave a beloved companion behind during your move. We also recognize that having a pet is actually good for your health, both mentally and physically.
Pet ownership offers significant health benefits, both mentally and physically. The bond between humans and animals is powerful in mental health. Just petting a dog or cat releases serotonin and dopamine, two hormones that calm the nerves and make you feel good. Dogs and cats love you unconditionally and offer the support you need to reach happiness and mental wellbeing. There is a true sense of stability, continuity and meaning in one’s life when taking care of and loving a pet. Who can argue that coming home after a long day and being greeted by a friendly face, tail wag or lick on the hand doesn’t put a smile on your face and make you feel good?
Having a pet is also great for your physical health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that these health benefits of owning a pet include decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels due to the increased opportunities to venture outside and move your body. Incorporating daily walks into your routine influences overall body function and strengthens your fitness levels. Those puppy dog eyes begging to play just a little while longer or venture outside are hard to ignore and will ultimately result in a healthier you.
Pets even make great friends and enhance our social wellness. Your pet’s companionship alone offers comfort, decreasing feelings of loneliness and depression. And, studies also show that pets become facilitators of multiple dimensions of social readiness, including getting to know people and friendship formation.
Our residents are thrilled to embrace their retirement lifestyle with furry companions. Michael Kennedy decided to move to Springpoint community The Atrium at Navesink Harbor once he knew they would be able to accommodate his two cats. All three are now well-known residents, and Michael is pleased that, “Reggie and Didi have a wonderful view of the Navesink River from their cat condo.”
Springpoint is happy to welcome both you and your pets. Our communities even offer amenities like secure dog parks and beautiful walking trails for Fido to enjoy an afternoon stroll. When you choose a Springpoint community, you’re choosing more than just premier senior living. You’re choosing a home that’s comfortable for you and your loved ones. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a tour at one of our continuing care retirement communities.