At Regency Retirement Village of Birmingham we believe home is not really home without family. That’s why at our pet friendly assisted living community, your furry friends are welcome too. We love your pets almost as much as you do, and we understand the joy and meaning animals add to our lives. In fact, there are a lot of science-based benefits associated with being a pet owner. Did you know?
1. A Way to De-Stress
Interaction with our pets also helps to reduce stress. That companionship provides comfort, eases worry, and can even lower blood pressure, heart rate, and relax muscle tension. In fact, in a study at Washington State University, it was discovered that just ten minutes of petting a dog can have a notable impact in reduction of cortisol levels, or what is commonly called “the stress hormone.”
2. Built-In Companion
Pets, and dogs in particular, make humans feel less alone. Having a pet means having a built-in companion, offering unconditional love, emotional support, and all the cuddles you can deal with. We understand at Regency that having a pet helps to stave off social isolation for our senior residents, and we are in full support of that.
3. To Encourage Activity
Having a dog is also beneficial because they encourage you to get up and move, something we can all benefit from. It’s so important to stay physically active as much as we can, and having a dog helps to encourage that activity. In fact, it’s been said that dog owners spend approximately 300 hours per week walking their dogs.
So if you’re on the hunt for pet friendly assisted living arrangements for yourself or for a loved one, we’d love to chat. We’re ready to answer any questions you may have about having pets at Regency, and we love getting to know our residents’ sweet fur babies when they join us at our community.