It comes as no surprise that there are plenty of benefits to having pets, including both mental and physical benefits. Pets are more than just roommates — they’re part of the family and offer incomparable companionship.
Making the move to a senior living community comes with a wide variety of considerations to make, some of which include your furry friends. You want to make sure you can bring your pet with you to your new home and learn what that would look like. While there is an increasing number of pet-friendly senior living options, you want to make sure that it’s the right place for you and your pet. Here are a few questions you may want to ask the communities you’re considering when moving with pets.
Do you allow pets? While many senior living options allow pets, you still want to confirm with the communities that you are considering that they are pet friendly.
Do you have any breed, size or temperament restrictions? Even if a community does allow pets, they may have restrictions as to what kind of pets are allowed. Small dogs or cats are almost always welcome, but larger breeds may not be allowed in a particular community. The community may also wish to assess your pet’s temperament prior to your move to make sure they would get along with other residents.
How many pets do you allow per resident? Many pet owners have more than one pet to provide companionship. If you have more than one cat or dog, ask if there is a limit to how many pets each resident is allowed in the community,
What community spaces are available to pets? If you’re moving from a long-term home with a backyard, your pup may be used to outdoor areas to roam. See if the community allows outdoor space for animals, such as a dog park or walking trails.
Do you require a pet deposit or a monthly fee? When putting a budget together for your senior living lifestyle, consider that there may be additional costs with a pet. Ask if there is an initial pet deposit or monthly pet fee.
What are the vaccination requirements for my pet? To ensure the safety of all pets within a community, there may be vaccination requirements in place. Ask what those requirements may be and have that paperwork ready when making your move.
Springpoint is proud to offer pet-friendly senior living at each of our eight Life Plan communities, and we are happy to welcome both you and your pets. This is one way we make sure that when you choose Springpoint, you aren’t only choosing premier senior living with all the amenities and services. You’re choosing a place that’s comfortable for you that you can call home.
Michael Kennedy is a resident at Springpoint community The Atrium at Navesink at Harbor and was thrilled he was able to bring his beloved cats. He shared, “I moved in in January 2015 after getting positive responses to my question of ‘Can I bring my two cats?’ Reggie and Didi have a wonderful view of the Navesink River from their cat condo and have never complained.”
Find a home for you and your pet at Springpoint — contact us today to learn more.