5 Tips for Seniors Seeking Pet-Friendly Assisted Living
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It can be difficult for seniors and their loved ones to make a decision about moving into an assisted living facility. Before relocating, there are lots of variables to consider, like cost, amenities provided, and the quality of care in different facilities. And some seniors may find themselves facing a dilemma when it’s finally time to move into assisted living: What will they do with their pets?
Senior pet owners should know that they don’t have to rehome their pets if they decide to move into an assisted living facility. While not all assisted living facilities accept pets, there are plenty that do. Here’s how to find a community that can be a home for both you and your pet.
Consider Your Needs
Naturally, you’re thinking about finding a facility where your pet can accompany you, but before you start your research, you need to consider your personal needs. What kind of medical care will you need? Which amenities and services will be essential for you? How much can you afford to spend on fees every month? Once you’ve figured out the answers to these important questions, it’s time to start looking into potential facilities.
Now that you know exactly what you need in an assisted living facility, you can start looking for pet-friendly communities that fit all your other requirements. It helps to begin your initial search by asking your loved ones and members of any community groups you belong to for suggestions, but you should also feel free to use the internet to look up facilities in your area. Check out their websites to see if they have any specific policies in regards to pet ownership.
Take Several Tours
You might have your heart set on a certain community, but you won’t know if it’s the right fit for you until you visit in person. In fact, it’s best to tour a few different facilities before choosing one. Sixty and Me recommends asking the staff about the medical services the facility provides, whether you would have a shared or private room, and what kind of activities the residents can partake in. You should also ask about any pet amenities, such as open spaces for them to walk and play in. And don’t forget to ask about any pet ownership fees and breed restrictions!
Keep Your Space Clean
Once you arrive in your new community with your pet, you’ll both need to get used to some new routines, and regularly cleaning your space will have to be a priority. You’ll also want to take extra steps to prevent your pet from getting fleas. Introducing fleas into an assisted living community could be a serious health issue for residents.
If you have a dog, applying flea medication is one way to keep your pet healthy and protected. However, you’ll want to research the health risks and side effects of any flea medication you choose, as some can pose hazards to pets and humans. It’s important to select a medication that is both effective and safe.
Chances are that your pet is a little bit intimidated with so many strangers around, so it’s your job to help them relax and make friends! As you help your pet get into a predictable daily routine in their new home, you should also try to introduce them to new people in a manner that makes them feel comfortable. The Spruce suggests telling visitors to ignore your pet when they enter your space and allowing your pet to go up to them when they feel at ease. Give them treats to reward them for positive interactions.
Selecting an assisted living facility is a very important decision. And if you’re a senior who also happens to be a pet owner, it’s perfectly understandable that you would want to bring your animal companion along with you. By touring multiple facilities and asking the right questions, you can find a new home in a community where your pet will be welcome, too.
Feds Consider Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals on Flights
Under proposed rules, only dogs could be classified as service animals.
Published 1 day ago
on January 22, 2020
By PETS+ Staff
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a set of rules under which emotional support animals would no longer be classified as service animals.
The rules are intended to “ensure that individuals with disabilities can continue using their service animals while also reducing the likelihood that passengers wishing to travel with their pets on aircraft will be able to falsely claim their pets are service animals,” according to a press release from the department.
The Washington Post notes that the proposed rules “narrow the definition of service animal to dogs that have received individualized training to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” A psychiatric service animal would be classified as a service animal “and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals,” according to the department.
Department of Transportation officials “noted that the proposed rule doesn’t prohibit people from flying with emotional support animals but the decision will be left to the airlines,” according to the Post.
The agency is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Air Carrier Access Act regulation on the transportation of service animals by air.
The department proposes to:
- Define a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability;
- No longer consider an emotional support animal to be a service animal;
- Consider a psychiatric service animal to be a service animal and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals;
- Allow airlines to require forms developed by DOT attesting to a service animal’s good behavior, certifying the service animal’s good health, and if taking a long flight attesting that the service animal has the ability to either not relieve itself, or can relieve itself in a sanitary manner;
- Allow airlines to require passengers with a disability who are traveling with a service animal to check-in at the airport one hour prior to the travel time required for the general public to ensure sufficient time to process the service animal documentation and observe the animal;
- Require airlines to promptly check-in passengers with service animals who are subject to an advanced check-in process;
- Allow airlines to limit the number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability to two service animals;
- Allow airlines to require a service animal to fit within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft;
- Continue to allow airlines to require that service animals be harnessed, leashed, tethered, or otherwise under the control of its handler;
- Continue to allow airlines to refuse transportation to service animals that exhibit aggressive behavior and that pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others; and
- Continue to prohibit airlines from refusing to transport a service animal solely on the basis of breed.
The department’s notice can be found here. Comments must be received within 60 days of the notice, which was issued Jan. 22.
Hmm…what do you think about this?
By ETHAN DeWITT Monitor staffPublished: 1/15/2020 5:47:08 PMModified: 1/15/2020 5:46:15 PM
Lawmakers are contemplating whether to create new rights against rental and housing discrimination for New Hampshire pet owners. But landlords have raised objections.
A bill by Rep. Ellen Read, a Newmarket Democrat, would make it illegal for landlords or those selling or leasing homes to bar pet owners from renting or buying, with some exceptions.
The bill, House Bill 1391, would prohibit landlords and others from making an oral or written inquiry into the animal companion of any person” looking to rent or buy, and it would ban “no-pets” notices on listings and prevent evictions because of pet ownership.
The legislation would also not allow landlords to draw up rules based on the animal’s breed, size or appearance.
But it would let them establish pet deposits for their tenants, mandate sterilizations of the animals, and impose rules around sanitation, noise control and safety.
The New Hampshire Humane Society, which supports the bill, says it would mitigate what can be unforgiving conditions for pet owners amid high rents and a tight housing market. Seventy percent of renters in the U.S. have pets, the Society said, and pets are frequently given up to shelters because of housing or renting issues.
“We support any legislation that helps keep pets in homes,” said Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director of the Humane Society. “We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing.”
But landlords said the proposed statute could lead to messy, unsanitary or unhealthy conditions with little recourse, and raised concerns around future tenants or neighbors with animal allergies. And they objected to the ban on making inquiries ahead of the lease agreements as an impingement on the First Amendment.
Testimony on the bill has been postponed to a later date.
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Are you and Fido ready to hit the road and make some memories? Adventures with a beloved canine companion can quickly go downhill without preparation. Here’s how to ensure you and your pooch will not only have the best of times, you won’t overspend in the process.
Accessories to Ease Travel
A few well-chosen accessories can go a long way toward ensuring you and your dog stay comfortable and safe throughout your travels. There are bowls specially designed to collapse so meals and storage are easy-breezy, and car seat covers to protect your vehicle from hair, muddy paws, slobber, and any unexpected accidents.
When it comes to keeping your sidekick in his seat, choose a restraint that is fitting for your dog’s size and personality type. If you have a small dog who isn’t overly active, a booster seat or safety harness could be perfect. Bigger dogs can also enjoy the freedom and safety of a harness, and active dogs can benefit from a carrier or crate.
For the accessories you and Fido need, stretch your travel budget by shopping online and using offers such as Ebates coupons and discount codes from your favorite retailers. You can apply the funds you save toward your and your dog’s fun.
Places to Go, Things to Do
Strange as it is to some of us, there are places that don’t welcome dogs. With that in mind, long before you pack Fido’s bags, do some research to ensure you and your pooch are heading somewhere you’ll both enjoy. And for those times you need to leave your dog alone, make arrangements for a trustworthy pet sitter to take care of your traveling companion. It’ll ease your mind knowing someone is tending him, rather than worrying that he’s stressed out.
There are dog-friendly destinations far and wide for nearly anything that suits your fancy. If ocean waves, sands, and seagulls beckon, Travel + Leisure notes there are some outstanding dog-friendly beaches, such as the dog beach in Florida’s Fort Myers, Jekyll Island Beach in Georgia, and Topsail Beach in North Carolina. Exploring national parks can be big fun as well, but make sure you do some checking because some are more dog-friendly than others. More in the mood for urban adventures? Look to cities like Chicago, Seattle, or Denver. Finding places that encourage your pooch to be himself will ensure you make the most of every moment.
When booking lodging, make reservations with pet-friendly hotels or vacation rentals. Websites like Expedia make it super simple to find the accommodations you want since you can search by pet-friendliness, and on top of that, joining their rewards program can stretch your budget.
Bells and Whistles
You might be surprised to learn you don’t need to do all the driving when you reach your destination. You can save money by using public transportation in many locations; just verify restrictions before you and your pooch climb aboard, since some systems require a carrier.
Along those same lines, it’s important to be conscientious of other travelers throughout your journey. If you and your dog are planning potentially muddy outings, like to a dog park or on hiking trails, bring along a paw washing device to tidy up before you hop into a bus, board a train, or re-enter your hotel. For example, the Dexas Mudbuster is small, convenient, and affordable, and you can explore their current offers to make the most of your money.
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Planning a getaway with your dog needn’t be complex or expensive. Accessorize appropriately, make arrangements in dog-friendly places, and grab a few gadgets to make comings and goings a breeze. With these smart strategies, you and your best friend will have a terrific time!
Really? A puppuccino at Starbucks? I don’t know about that but I sure just love this Pooch! That said, the Pooch Craze is taking on a momentum. According to the APPA (American Pet Product Association), the pet industry has grown more than threefold in the last 20 years, from $23 billion in 1998 to $72 billion in 2018.
Accordingly, Corporate America is responding by offering pet perks such as veterinary insurance as an employee benefit, take-your-dog-to work days, and in some cases, “paw-ternity leave” and “fur-ternity leave” (paid time off for newly adopted pets). Housing developments are now even including dog play spaces and grooming salons, and wash areas. Haven’t you noticed that many hotels now provide pet-friendly accommodation? How about the pet friendly skies? My, how things have changed in the last forty years or so!
Pet parents (vs pet owners)? Yep. Here’s some new lingo: Fur parents with fur babies, and fur grandbabies?
As younger folks are waiting longer to have children or not, they’re adding furbabies to their new families!
Many say that their pets give them so much without expecting a return. Oh, and there’s nothing like a tail wagging pooch greeting you at the door when you return home from a long day at work!
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