Pets in Senior Living
Most pet owners have no intention of giving up their furry companion. The good news is that they rarely need to. Communities that welcome pets will typically have an animal agreement or policy that the pet owner must follow. This will vary from community to community, here is what is typical:
- Animals must have up to date vaccinations
- One pet per apartment
- Pet owner must be able to care for the animal
Deposits and Fee’s
It is standard practice to ask a pet owner for a non-refundable pet deposit. Deposits can range from $300- $1000. Some options will add $25-$50 a month as a pet fee. If you are renting, most communities will replace carpet after a tenant has lived in the unit with a pet.
Because most assisted livings require the owner to care for a pet, you need to have a plan in place should you become sick or are hospitalized. Here are a few tips to avoid a crisis:
- Inform the leasing manager who will care for your animal if you are unable
- Always have a week of supplies in the event you cannot go to the store
- Get to know a neighbor or two with a pet so you can help each other when needed
Alternatives to real pets
There are times when a live pet may no longer be a possibility because of declining health or dementia. Petsies® offers life like alternatives that can make a great gift. Pet Stuffed Animals for Dementia Patients | Petsies (mypetsies.com)
If you are thinking about a move, you can bring Fido or Fluffy along with you to your new home!