The Positives of Pets
Many people consider pets to be part of their family, so when an individual makes the choice to live in an assisted living community, it's only natural that they'll want to bring their pet along. Luckily, many communities allow their residents to bring their dog, cat, bird, fish or other animal with them, which can in turn bring residents mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Constant CompanionsIt's easy to feel lonely in a new and unfamiliar living situation. You may be surrounded by an exciting host of activities and people, but being able come home to the unconditional love and camaraderie of your beloved pet can still make a huge impact on your happiness and comfort in a new environment. Pets also create great opportunities to meet new people – you'll always have a walking buddy and someone to greet you at the door.
A recent study monitored the behaviors of long-term care residents who experienced therapy-based pet interaction versus those that did not. The results showed that people exposed to animals were more likely to participate in long conversations, while those who did not were more likely to have brief conversations.
Sense of SecurityAccording to a study from the National Health Call Center, the vast majority of those living in assisted living communities said that they feel an increased sense of security having their pets near. Moving in to a new community is a big change for anyone, and you'll feel more secure with Fluffy or Fido around. Dogs in particular can give owners a sense of security while out and about in public. A study from the Journal of Human-Animal Studies found that more than 80 percent of pet owners feel safer in public areas when their animals are with them.
Nurturing Your HealthResearch shows that caring for a pet has a multitude of emotional and physical benefits. Caring for a pet promotes overall wellbeing, helping us live longer, happier and healthier lives. All pets – not just certified therapy animals – reduce stress, lower blood pressure and decrease depression. One research project found that pet owners older than 65 visited the hospital 21 percent less often than those without pets.
They also learned that the presence of a therapy dog decreased agitation in people with Alzheimer's and dementia, especially during the late afternoon and early evening, a time that can often lead to an increase in confusion and agitation for people living with memory issues.
Many senior living communities welcome four-legged friends because they understand the importance of pets and the benefits pets bring residents. When choosing an assisted living community that fits your lifestyle and needs, don't forget to take your pet into account. To learn more about our Huntington Terrace community call 503-465-1404 or visit www.PrestigeCare.com
1410 NE Cleveland Ave.
Gresham, OR 97030