This sounds like a trend that I would support. Although I can understand that some pets would make a lot of work for the staff.


If you’ve owned a pet, you understand how hard it would be to leave one behind in a move. But sometimes, people have no choice. When they move to assisted living, for example, pets are often not allowed. … Often, but not always.

Some assisted-living communities and nursing homes are allowing people to bring a pet, or at least allowing pets to visit. We’ve talked about this trend before but focused mainly on nursing homes. The Lancaster Eagle-Gazettereports on some assisted-living communities that are animal friendly too.

Carrie Hutchman, executive director of Primrose Retirement Community, tells the Ohio newspaper that pets are important to mental health:

“It is a huge transition for people to have to leave their homes they may have lived in for 40 to 50 years,” she said. “Not only are they leaving a familiar setting, but they might also be leaving a best friend…

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