An Indiana assisted living community has recognized the benefits pets have to offer their residents and have updated their policies accordingly.
Heritage Park and Coventry Meadows Assisted Living, two assisted living facilities in Fort Wayne, Indiana, have bolstered their support for pet-friendly policies after seeing the benefits pets have to offer residents.
Both facilities have observed beneficial effects of pets on their residents that mirror many of those described by researchers in academic journals.
“Lowered blood pressure, lower anxiety, lower (risk of) strokes, and lower risk of heart disease. We have seen a number of positive results.”
— Mindy Balka, Director of Business Development, Senior Living Division, American Senior Communities
Both facilities allow residents to keep pets, but they also have programs in place to provide animal interaction for residents without their own companion animals. Heritage Park provides residents with resident animals for the entire community to enjoy while Coventry Meadows provides animal-assisted therapies for its residents.
Part of embracing the benefits pets have to offer residents involves making sure polices are in place to keep animals and people safe and comfortable. Both facilities allow pets on a case-by-case basis as they want to ensure residents have the means to care for their pets. This includes having contingency plans in place to ensure a pet will be cared for should a resident become incapacitated.
Ultimately, both facilities recognize the importance of pets in residents’ lives and are committed to supporting pet-friendly policies wherever possible.
Source: Pets enrich senior life