Man’s Best Friend: Pets at Chateau BrickyardJune 28, 2016 | Chateau Brickyard
Pets are a wonderful addition to our daily lives, making our families and homes complete. Scientists, doctors, and animal lovers alike all agree that owning a dog or cat can greatly improve a person's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. At Chateau Brickyard, we believe in the immense healing power of animals, and as such, we encourage our residents to bring their beloved pets from home or to adopt from our local shelters. Keep reading to learn about our unique pet-friendly senior living community in Salt Lake City, UT, and the wonderful activities and services we offer that bring our residents and their furry companions closer together.
The Benefits of Pets for Seniors
Pet ownership provides many benefits, especially for seniors in independent living communities. Dogs and cats naturally bring people together and encourage communication and socialization, which can be difficult for seniors struggling with loneliness, depression, anxiety, loss, or even memory problems. In fact, the simple act of petting and talking to a dog or cat for just a few minutes can help to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Pet parenting is also linked to lower cholesterol levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Pets rely on us for their care, needing us to walk them, feed them, comfort them, and challenge their minds and bodies with games and toys. Pets provide mental stimulation and encourage seniors to exercise and be more active themselves.
Independent living for seniors can be intimidating for residents who are timid or who have recently lost a spouse. Pets can help to ease this transition both by providing entertainment and affection to their owner, and by encouraging their pet parent to make new friends and explore their new surroundings. Furthermore, pet ownership can be a bonding experience for residents and their families, ensuring that seniors still feel connected to their lives back home even while they set out to make new beginnings.
Pets at Chateau Brickyard
Residents at Chateau Brickyard are proof that pets can enrich our lives and help us overcome our challenges. Many of our residents are pet parents and we are all pet enthusiasts. As such, we program bi-monthly outings for our residents and their pets, because we believe pets are family and should be treated accordingly. We provide pet therapy for seniors every Thursday, when our ITA Therapy Team of Bruce and Boo come to visit and interact with our residents.
Many dogs and cats call Chateau Brickyard home, including two pups whose parents love to take them out for scenic walks on the property and chat about their latest antics and adventures. Barbara is mom to Frankie, a tan Chihuahua with big ears and mesmerizing eyes. Barbara adopted Frankie 7 years ago after her husband passed away, and he has been her constant companion and source of comfort ever since.
Larry has always loved dogs, so he was delighted to receive Charlie six months ago as a gift from his good friend. Charlie is a Lhasa Apso with soulful brown eyes and a grey mustache that gives him a respectable gentlemanly appearance.
Pets can boost our spirits, bolster our self-esteem, and give us meaning in the most difficult of life circumstances. Man's best friend is a true testament to the power of friendship and the healing powers of pet therapy. At Chateau Brickyard, we value our residents and their pets, and the camaraderie they bring to our community.
If you're interested in learning more about independent living services at Chateau Brickyard or would like to schedule a tour, please contact us today to discuss the best solutions for you or your loved one.
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