Keeping 'fur-babies' and owners together in retirement
WOULD you move to a retirement village if you knew your pet couldn't join you?
At RetireAustralia's four Central Coast communities, well-behaved family pets are welcome to join their owners when they make the decision to downsize.
"Isolation is a huge issue for many retirees, especially once they're removed from the in-built social networks that are created through working or raising a family," Glengara Retirement Village manager Andrew Glover said.
"For this reason, we foster friendship and social connection between our residents but also place a high value on existing relationships between residents and their pets."
Glengara Retirement Village residents Nick and Jan Pearce would never have met if it weren't for their two Jack Russell terriers, so when they retired in 2012 finding a home that suited the entire family was a priority.
"Our villa is perfect for us because it has no stairs, a lovely big back garden and an area where we can throw the ball for our dogs," Jan said.
"It's also a very secure village, which means that we can go out at night to visit our friends in the village or take Bailey for a walk. She absolutely loves the place and I love to tell people how pet-friendly it is here."
For those who can no longer care for their pets due to health issues or a change in circumstance, Tarragal Glen Retirement Village has made it possible to continue to reap the benefits of pet companionship through fortnightly therapy dog visits.
"Because Tarragal Manor residents live in apartments and have higher-care needs, they are not permitted to have pets but we wanted to ensure that they can still enjoy the benefits, such as lowered blood pressure, stress reduction and increased self-esteem," activities coordinator Eira Steane said.
"Molly, our therapy dog, is a joy to have around, it's wonderful to see the positive impact her visit has on the residents."
For more information about RetireAustralia's pet-friendly Central Coast villages, visit retireaustralia.com.au.