I am a committed animal lover. I cannot imagine a life without my furry loved ones any more than a life without my human loved ones. During my years working with the elderly and helping them find assisted living, I have often seen families dealing with the trauma of moving a loved one to assisted living and knowing that they will have to separate that person from their beloved pet.
Thankfully, I have seen a very positive trend in assisted living communities during the past few years. Communities are recognizing this important, life enhancing relationship and, more and more, are becoming pet friendly. Allowing a person to keep their pet, which they almost always identify as their child, gives them a sense of hope and purpose.
If you are considering moving a loved one to assisted living and they own a pet, please do your research and try to locate an appropriate community that will allow them to keep the pet. It will do wonders for their qualify of life! ~ Becky