Man’s Best Friend: 5 Reasons Pets Are Welcome At Sodalis Living Communities
All Sodalis Senior Living and Memory Care communities are committed to creating a home-like experience. Delicious, home-cooked meals, caring staff and warm and inviting decor add to the home-like atmosphere. For many folks, no home would be complete without their pet. And that’s why pets are welcome residents and guests at Sodalis.
A pet may be a beloved family member, but they also add to a senior’s quality of life. That’s why Sodalis allows many resident pets, as well as providing monthly pet therapy sessions at all locations. Here are 5 reasons pets are an important part of life at Sodalis.
1. More Physical Activity
“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones
Caring for an animal helps seniors stay healthier because pets keep people more active than average. In fact, seniors with heart conditions who own a pet outlive those who don’t. Physical activity like regularly walking a dog, grooming a pet or playing with one can provide the needed physical exercise to improve mobility for a healthier lifestyle.
2. Less Loneliness
“My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.” – Edith Wharton
A study about pet therapy, also known as Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) shows that the pets used in AAT can not only reduce the loneliness of residents in long-term care facilities but can also improve a senior’s social interactions with other people. Researchers found that the, “pet–human interactions can act as a catalyst for socialization or human–human interactions.”
3. Improved Health
“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot
Studies have shown that owning a pet can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages. Besides encouraging more physical activity, one study found that the soothing presence of a pet lowers levels of the harmful hormone cortisol, resulting in lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, helping in the prevention of heart disease and strokes.
4. Pet Therapy is Beneficial To Memory Care Patients
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud
For seniors suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, interacting with companion pets is stimulating both cognitively and in a tactile way. Simply petting, interacting or being around pets engages a senior’s mental abilities.
Some Alzheimer’s patients suffer from anxiety due to Sundowners Syndrome, where impending nighttime is stressful or disorienting. A pet can help those that suffer from Sundowners stay connected and focused on something positive.
5. Emotional Support
“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
Pets can provide emotional stability during stressful situations. And that’s because pets form a special bond with humans based on unconditional love, a sense of peace and total acceptance. Pet therapy is effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in memory care residents.
If you’re interested in learning more about living at Sodalis with your pet or participating in the monthly pet therapy activities, feel free to contact us or visit one of our senior living and memory care communities.