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The Art of Living Blog

Where Pets are Part of the Family

Senior Living | 12/20/19


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When choosing a senior living community, you want to make sure your new home offers the right fit. Will healthcare be available if needed? Do the dining services accommodate dietary needs and tastes? And perhaps one of the more emotionally driven questions to ask; is the senior living community pet-friendly?

We at Stonebridge at Montgomery are happy to accommodate pet owners like you by welcoming your companions. We intend to make your move to our continuing care retirement community as smooth as possible, and one way we do that is by offering pet-friendly senior living.

Cats, dogs, birds and more – there really is nothing like having a companion to share your home with. Who can argue that walking through the door and being greeted by a tail wag or lick on the hand doesn’t put a smile on your face? We also recognize that, along with being part of the family, having a pet is actually good for your health.

Health Benefits of Pets, Both Physical and Mental

Pet ownership offers significant health benefits, both in physical health and mental health.

Having a pet is good for your physical wellbeing. Maintaining regular exercise is great for overall body function and having a pet that relies on you for exercise opportunities allows you to get up and get your body moving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also notes that these health benefits of owning a pet include decreased blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. Those puppy dog eyes begging to play just a little while longer are hard to ignore and will ultimately result in a healthier and more active you.

When it comes to mental health, the bond between humans and animals is powerful. So much so that by petting a dog or cat, your body releases serotonin and dopamine, two hormones that calm the nerves and make you feel good. There is a true sense of stability, continuity and meaning in one’s life when taking care of and loving a pet.

Studies also show that pets can become facilitators of multiple dimensions of social readiness, including getting to know people and friendship formation. And, your pet’s companionship alone offers comfort, decreasing feelings of loneliness and depression.

Dogs and cats love you unconditionally and offer the support you need to reach happiness and mental wellbeing. While pet owners live healthier, happier lives, caring for another living creature takes extra time and effort. Still, considering the benefits pets bring, you may find it more than worth the extra commitment. The companionship of animals is well-documented and widespread; pets are truly a part of your family.

Learn More About Pet-Friendly Senior Living at Stonebridge at Montgomery

At Stonebridge at Montgomery, we are more than happy to welcome both you and your pets. Our beautiful grounds even feature walking trails for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy the fresh outdoors. Our pet-friendly community offers premier senior living housing in a place that’s comfortable for you.

And, maintenance-free living means you don’t have to take hours out of your day tending to household chores. Residents Jerry and Sheila Berkelhammer find that, “The maintenance services and housekeeping service are so convenient at Stonebridge.” That means you have even more time to enjoy life with your furry friend.

Contact us today and schedule a tour to see how you and your beloved companion can find a home in our community.