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Creating an Active and Pet-Friendly Living Space for Seniors

They love to cuddle. They are great exercise buddies. They are always excited to see you and will happily go wherever you take them.

But seriously, when it comes to the benefits of a four-legged companion, you might say that’s just the tip of the wagging tail.

Interacting with furry friends can:

  • Relieve stress
  • Improve cognitive function
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Ease loneliness
  • Motivate exercise
  • Provide social opportunities

Pets are like the icing on the retirement cupcake. We’re talking about a gift that truly keeps on giving – and asks only for love in return. The purrrfect partnership.

Once you sign on the dotted line for a pet friendly apartment at one of Overture’s premier senior communities, rest assured your pet will feel as welcome as you do. In fact, all you have to do is attach the leash and step outside. Your dog will do the rest, making new friends and introducing you to their humans.

As you prepare to rightsize into an apartment, it’s important to consider the needs of your pet. The goal is for you to share the space in a way that provides comfort and security for all parties.

A Designated Space

The first step is to create a designated area for your pet. This could be a corner of your living room, spare bedroom or even a closet. It doesn’t have to be a huge space as long as it is cozy and comfortable and provides easy access to your creature’s, well…creature comforts like food, water and toys.

Pet Friendly Furniture

As much as we love them, pets are not human. They don’t know they should avoid scratching, biting or generally destroying your fabrics and furnishings. It’s worth your while to invest in pet friendly furniture that is both durable and washable and will withstand the wear and tear your well-meaning pet inflicts on it. It’s also a good idea to avoid furniture with sharp edges and corners that could cause your pet harm.

Think Vertically

When floor space is limited, look up. You can install shelves, a tree for your cat, or even build a mounting wall. This will save space and provide a fun distraction for your little climber.

Indoor Potty

There are indoor pet pads that can come in handy if your pet requires frequent potty breaks. Create a spot in your bathroom or near an outside door. This won’t take the place of those all-important walks that help you accumulate your steps, but it will be convenient, especially if you live in a colder climate.

Safety and Comfort First

Safety, cleanliness and comfort will keep your pet healthy and happy. Make sure the apartment is just right - never too hot or too cold and never too dark. Keep all electric cords out of their reach and keep their area free of dirt and bacteria.

The moment you unpack your boxes at the Overture pet friendly senior apartment complex of your choice, you – and your pet – will feel at home. Every walk will be a social adventure that may end at a “Yappy Hour,” where pets and their humans can raise a glass to the good life.

Book a tour today. The ultimate retirement experience is waiting for you - and your pet.

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