We Welcome Seniors And Their Pets!
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Beloved pets are one of life’s great pleasures, and animals can play a vital role in the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of seniors. This holds true whether seniors live on their own or in a retirement community, which is why our residents are welcome to bring their four-legged family member with them when they move into our community. Besides the obvious reasons for having a pet, there are other ways that pets can be important in our seniors’ lives.
Physical health benefits
Research has shown that pet owners have lower blood pressure, lover risk of heart disease, and much healthier cholesterol levels. This can lead to great reductions in stress, sometime equivalent to anti-hypertension medications. Plus, seniors who walk their dogs or play with their cats benefit from the increased activity and movement, helping strengthen muscles and improve balance.
Emotional health benefits
Studies found that pets can lead to significant reductions in stress and cortisol levels, helping residents feel more relaxed throughout their daily lives. Pets can also be a great icebreaker for seniors who have just moved into a retirement community, making it easier for them to socialize with others. And having a pet to take care of can give retirees a sense of purpose and increase their own sense of wellbeing.
Psychological health benefits
Pet ownership can help redirect residents’ focus from their own physical or mental health issues or worries about aging. A furry companion also combats feelings of isolation and loneliness, especially for divorced or widowed seniors. Psychologists have shown that animals can prompt better memory recall and even help them regain access to long-forgotten memories.
It is for these reasons and more that St. Andrew's at New Florence welcomes seniors who want to bring their beloved pets with them when they move in. We also encourage current residents to consider adopting a senior animal, who are often neglected in shelters and pet adoption agencies. If you have any questions at all about our pet-friendly policies, do not hesitate to give us a call, and we’ll show you exactly how we much we appreciate all our residents, both two-legged and four-legged!