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.