Moving from one chapter of life to another can be a daunting task, especially for elderly people departing their homes. Thankfully, around 75 percent of for-profit assisted living facilities welcome the most treasured possession of all, Fido. Check out our list of pet-friendly residences that go above and beyond for canine occupants.
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1. The Villas of Holly Brook
With nearly 30 pet-friendly communities in the network, The Villas of Holly Brook are proud to provide homes for dogs to hang their leashes. The Bradenton facility is home to a luscious green, fenced dog park stocked with hoops, jumps, tunnels and more. Residents are free to watch pups play in the park from the paw print bench under a covered canopy, while their neighbors teach old dogs new tricks.
Here are Margaret and Toby to tell you more about life at Holly Brook:
2. Inspired Living
Inspired Living understands the positive impact furry friends have on our lives, including social interaction, slowed cognitive decline and reduced feelings of agitation. For this reason, the company has built designated dog parks at a number of facilities, including its branch in Alpharetta, GA. Along with residents’ dogs, community canines warm the furniture across the network, providing companionship for everybody who lives and works at Inspired Living. Family and friends also are encouraged to bring Fido with them to play and hang out when they visit.
3. Rose Villa
Rose Villa is home to a fenced dog park that brings two- and four-legged residents together in a safe environment, while promoting exercise and companionship. After a game of fetch, treat pups to a snack from the lobby, which are homemade by members of the community. If you want to venture further, pretty paved trails weave around the 22-acre property.
TigerPlace isn’t just pet friendly; this assisted living facility happens to be affiliated with a veterinary college. The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing and College of Veterinary Medicine works in tandem with TigerPlace to provide regular visits from pet care assistants and access to veterinary care whenever it’s needed. And dogs aren’t the only animals who make an appearance at this active retirement community. Baby goats are often found “kidding” around with the residents.
5. Mercy Health Oakwood Village Senior Living
Located on 72 beautiful acres, Mercy Health Oakwood Village Senior Living in Springfield, OH is one of the few facilities in the state with a dog park. Although Oakwood Village has been pet-friendly for a while (a dozen pets live there already), the addition of a fenced recreation area has been the icing on the cake for canine inhabitants. The dog park accommodates a variety of mobility aids and has incentivized many of Oakwood's residents to walk more steps each day.
6. The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods
Studies suggest that social isolation can be as harmful to older adults as smoking cigarettes. Hanging out with furry friends can bring people out of their shells and get them chatting about their shared interest: a love of dogs! The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods is Sarasota’s only senior living facility with a dog park. The park took six months to plan and bring to life, and opened with a big celebration on National Mutt Day, July 31, 2019. Fido also can explore 53 acres of nature trails on the property, but he may not want to socialize with the therapy llamas who drop by on occasion!
7. Silverado Senior Living
One of the key selling points of Silverado Senior Living is the love of animals. Dogs, cats, fish, miniature horses, llamas, chinchillas and baby kangaroos live and work as therapy animals across the network. Silverado residents at the Escondido branch, for example, join together to care for the animals, building self-esteem and giving them greater motivation and purpose.
8. Harrogate Retirement Community
Harrogate Retirement Community resident Lynn Adams thinks the “dog park makes everybody happier,” and her friends and neighbors all agree. Set among towering trees, the green space is an inviting place to hold a morning gathering or afternoon get together. Therapy dogs provide a calming presence inside the facility, too.
9. Sunrise Senior Living
All Sunrise Senior Living communities are pet-friendly. They’re almost as committed to rehousing pets as they are to providing quality care for their residents. Proudly partnering with animal shelters across the country, one of Sunrise Senior Living’s goals is to help find senior pets a forever home. The organization even adopts dogs to live in residences across its network. Their Washington, D.C. location, Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue, is ideally situated near Rock Creek Park Trails and other pet-friendly amenities in the heart of the capital’s Upper Northwest area.
10. Omega Senior Living
Omega Senior Living has locations in Kansas, New England and California. Most of the communities are pet-friendly, hosting special Yappy Hour social events that give residents a chance to hang out with pups even if they don’t have their own. Dogs will also be able to let off steam at the fenced park that is planned for the Lake Wichita branch.
11. Ventana by Buckner
Ventana by Buckner is a nonprofit assisted living facility located in a Dallas high-rise building. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views and let in plenty of sunshine, but Fido will feel most comfortable in the pet park, where he can enjoy some off-leash fun. Ventana by Buckner also hosts monthly pet-friendly mixers, which gives folks a chance to socialize and meet the canine community with whom they share a home.
12. Lantern Crest
It’s important to get outside as much as possible, whatever age you are. Fortunately, Lantern Crest Senior Living has paved pathways and a fenced dog park to explore on site. The panoramic views of the surrounding Californian countryside make every walk worthwhile.
13. LifeStream Complete Senior Living
You don’t need to ask Sarah the Shih Tzu about the pet-friendly atmosphere at LifeStream Complete Senior Living. The canine resident at the Youngstown branch of this Arizona-based network beat out stiff competition from 12 other adorable pups to be crowned 2019 Dog of the Year. The annual Dog Parade and Dog of the Year award takes place at many LifeStream locations. Residents nominate their favorite pups and vote in the yearly award ceremony.
14. Atria Assisted Living Community
Most communities in the Atria network welcome pets. In fact, hundreds of four-legged residents currently call an Atria facility home. To reward canine tenants, different branches have hosted dog shows and given out awards for Top Dog, Queen of the Canines, Cutest, Most Athletic and Furriest Resident (only dogs can enter ... sorry, Harold). All pups aren’t as fortunate as Atria’s four-legged inhabitants. With this in mind, Atria Las Posas partners with Ventura County Animal Services for Grandmas for GrandPAWS. This awesome adoption fair matches elderly hounds with elderly humans.
15. Era Living
Era Living understands that pets are part of the family. Two of their facilities in the greater Seattle area, Ida Culver House Broadview and Aljoya Mercer Island, host Yappy Hours for residents. Dogs receive a shot of gravy and delicious treats, while humans can indulge in wine, appetizers and great conversation.
16. Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community
Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community provides three pet-friendly facilities for Georgia's senior population. And it’s not just the name that has a “dog” in it. Community pups, like Tre and Elvis, keep the residents company. Take Fido and the gang for a walk on the paved walking paths that wind around the buildings or relax together in your custom apartment.
Note: this article is not meant as a review or endorsement of the care provided at any of the featured facilities.
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