What Makes Sedgebrook an Excellent Pet-Friendly Senior Living Community

Is Your Pet Ready to Retire?

Nearly half of all older adults have at least one pet. If you’re one of them, shouldn’t your faithful furry companion have a say in where you retire?

If you’re at the point in your retirement journey where you’re comparing retirement communities, remember to make sure you’re looking for pet-friendly independent senior living options.

Not all retirement communities offer pet-friendly senior living, and policies can vary based on the type of community or housing you’re looking at — whether that’s independent living, assisted living or skilled nursing. So it’s important to ask about pet policies right away.

The Benefits of Pets for Seniors

If you’re reading this, it probably comes as no surprise that pets improve senior health. They provide us with:

Exercise

Physical activity becomes more and more important as we grow older. Sometimes, though, it’s just hard to make ourselves get up and go. Not so with a pet. No wonder studies indicate that seniors who own dogs are more physically active! Dogs are always ready for the next big adventure, whether that’s just a quick jaunt over to the next building or the sweet relief of a full-on, off-leash nature walk. And let’s not forget cats. While they get a bad rap for being all-day nappers, there is no better alarm clock than a hungry cat.

Companionship and Protection

Moving is always stressful. Having your cuddly companion with you means you’ll have a built-in friend while you get used to your new surroundings. One of the most challenging parts of growing older can be a sense of isolation. Finding the right retirement community and getting to know your fellow residents can help. Having a loyal pet move with you can, too.

Mental Health

Taking care of a pet can give us purpose and constant companionship. It can also have a positive effect on our mental health. Pets are proven to increase our serotonin levels, and having a pet can also lead to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and faster recovery from mental stress.

Breaking the Ice

If you are considering a move to an independent senior living community, a pet is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Simply by getting out and going for a walk with your pet, you’ll find yourself drawn into conversations with people who may just become your new best friends (after your pet, of course).

Choosing a Four-Legged Companion to Retire with

If you don’t already have a pet, retirement is a wonderful time to explore pet ownership as long as your new community offers pet-friendly senior apartments. Some breeds are better than others, but the important thing is to find a pet that fits your lifestyle.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sedgebrook and our mutual love for pets, fill out our contact form. We’d love to help you set up a time to visit our 72-acres of pet-friendly independent senior living surrounded by lush green spaces, trees and water.

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