Not all retirement communities are created equal. And while many are similar, there are always certain things that set the best ones apart from the rest. One of these things is how the retirement community regards its residents owning pets.
If you’re a pet owner, you know from experience how tricky it can be finding places to live (other than buying a house) where you’re allowed to own pets. Landlords love to hate them, and some senior living centers are equally inhospitable to your furry friends.
Which is what makes finding a pet-friendly retirement community so important. You don’t just want a retirement home that tolerates pets — you want a community that embraces them. And the best senior living centers do just that.
If you own a dog, a retirement community with a dog park is a must. And not all retirement communities have them; far from it. But the ones that do know how much it means to the dogs and their owners. Not only do the dog parks allow the dogs to exercise, they get the dogs’ owners out and about on their feet as well. And they’re great places for socializing, for people who love dogs love meeting other people’s dogs, and of course their owners. In this way, you and your dogs make new friends.
For cat lovers, too, the right retirement community matters. The last thing you want is to move in and then discover that pets aren’t allowed, or that very few people have them. It would be far nicer if your friends and neighbors get to know and love your cat, which could become a familiar face for the community members in its own right. You also want to know that, should your cat run out of your home, people will know that he or she is yours and make sure your cat gets back to you safe and sound.
Of course, not all pets are cats and dogs. And no matter what pet you own — be it a snake, a turtle, a ferret, a hamster or guinea pig, an aquarium full of exotic fish, or perhaps an iguana — you want to be sure that your senior living community supports your pet living there.
Perhaps you don’t own a pet, but always wanted to. Or you never really wanted to because of the time and energy required, but you still love animals. A pet-friendly retirement community is the place for you, too. You can meet your fellow residents’ pets and enjoy their company — perhaps even baby-sit them once in a while.
So you can see why a pet-friendly retirement community makes tons of sense for anyone who owns a pet or simply enjoys the company of animals. Anything to the contrary would be … unnatural.
About the Author:
Monarch Landing is a Chicago senior living community located near the city in Naperville, Illinois. This retirement community offers affordable and comfortable apartment options on a scenic 80-acre campus, and is a great fit for seniors looking to maintain independent living and active lifestyles.