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Our Furry Friends: Plan for Them Too

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Our Furry Friends: Plan for Them Too

Charles Shultz, cartoonist for the famous comic strip, Peanuts, once said, “Happiness is a warm puppy,” and we could not agree more. Studies have shown that pets can have a positive impact on both the physical and psychological health of their owners and those with whom they spend time. With such positive impact, it is no wonder than over half of all U.S. households have at least one pet.

Here at Bethesda Gardens Monument, we believe this is especially true for seniors. Having a pet can decrease anxiety and loneliness while also increasing one’s sense of purpose. Additionally, having a pet that requires regular walking, like a dog, can increase one’s physical activity thereby having a positive effect on their cardiovascular health.

We acknowledge and respect the positive impact that furry friends can have on our residents and our community. Assisted living residents may have a cat or dog up to 30 pounds, and families are welcome and encouraged to bring their family pet(s) into the community to visit. We believe that pets provide an opportunity to increase socialization and to build relationships fundamental to a happy and strong senior living community.

When planning for your potential long-term care needs, consider your furry friend as well by finding a community that fits both your needs.

Here are some questions to ask:

  • What are the community’s rules regarding pets?
  • Is there a weight limit?
  • What fees are associated with having a pet?
  • Is there a safe place to walk your pet?
  • Is the pet are well lit at night?

 Bethesda Gardens Monument not only serves our seniors and supports impoverished children in 15 different countries through One Child Matters, we are also advocates for our furry friends through Harley’s Hope Foundation. The Executive Director from Harley’s Hope Foundation will be presenting on August 16th at 2 pm on the Importance of Having Your Pet in Your Will. Keep an eye out for upcoming fundraisers supporting our local pet organizations and for our low cost vaccine clinic in September.