Pets In Retirement Centres Should Be A Right

I am encouraged by the news that more retirement centres are allowing seniors to move in with their pets:

‘As many as 40 percent of people ask about pets when calling A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service, said Tami Cumings, its senior vice president.

When the service was founded 12 years ago, pets seldom were considered when it came time for older people to enter rest homes or skilled nursing homes, Cumings said.

Then came the boom in independent living centers, assisted living complexes and memory centers for Alzheimer’s patients. At the same time, some people have latched on to studies that show pets can help their owners’ health physically and psychologically, said Lori Kogan, a professor of veterinary medicine at Colorado State University.’

What i find incredible is that the majority of retirement centre still prevent residents from bringing in their pets. I would compare it to a nursing home asking its’ residents to leave their medication at the door!

The benefits of pet ownership,s especially for older people are well known. I have written about it often on this blog.

It’s time we demand that retirement centre provide the quality of care their patients need. Including allowing them to keep their pets.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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