My family recently lost our Pug, Gigi, who we adopted 6 years ago from an animal shelter in the Poconos.  If you are a dog or pet lover like our family is, you understand  how pets bring joy to people and why they are important.  A pet can provide companionship, especially after the loss of a spouse or a senior who would otherwise be alone.  Sometimes it s especially difficult for a senior contemplating an independent or assisted living move to leave their home because the senior believes that no one would take care of their long time pet companion.

The good news is that more assisted living and independent living communities now allow pets, with certain restrictions, such as size and weight of the pet.  When considering long term care plans for your elders, be sure to also consider a matching long term care plan for the elder’s animals.  Below is an article regarding the importance of planning for the pet and the elder.

Aging Parents, Pets And Long-Term Care

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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