Pets are undoubtedly the most trustworthy and steady companions for the elderly people. However, as you prepare to make a transition to a retirement village, it counts to have your pets ready for the same. Not only do pets give you constant companionship but are also found to be good for the health. However, there are a number of considerations that you will be required to make if you are going to be moving in with your furry friends. The first is to find out if your retirement village allows their residents to keep pets, if you will be able to take good care of them or if you will be able to take up the additional cost of living.
If the retirement villages do allow pets, start by asking the various questions relating to pet policies such as
- If they can stay with you in the house or if there is a separate team to take care of them.
- If you can have replacement pet if your pet passes on. Some retirement houses do not allow replacement pets
- If you can have multiple pets at the same time
- If there are any pet restraint policies to be followed
- How to handle the complaints if there be any
When you are clear on all the above mentioned aspects and have decided to move in to the retirement villages with your pets, you should start with getting your pets ready for the transition. Given below are the tips on how to prepare your pets so that both you do not face any problem later on.
- Accommodation and exercise
Once you move in, you may be spending more of your time indoors which means that even your pet will be spending more time indoors. So start by increasing the amount of time that your pet spends inside the house. If they are used to sleeping outside the outside, you should make them well accustomed to sleeping indoors by the time you move in. this would mean that they will require more exercise than usual. So increase the exercise for your pets before you move in. you can involve them in long walks or games to keep them active.
- Complete the registration process
Have the forms and registration completed well before you move in. This will ensure that none of you is left out at the time of shifting.
- Familiarize your pet to a routine
Without a routine, you may have a hard time handling your pet in the retirement villages. To make sure that your pets do not feel anxious after the new changes to the lifestyle and accommodations, try to minimize the change after the shifting. Familiarize them to a routine and follow the same for a certain time period till they feel well accustomed to the new place. Avoid changing their food bowls or bedding during this time.
- Consult a vet
Rather than taking everything into your own hand, consult a vet and discuss the things that can be done to manage their health after you have moved in the retirement villages.