Pets in a retirement resort

There are so many social and health benefits to having a pet in retirement, and retirement resorts are increasingly welcoming furry friends as they know how important it can be for residents to have their best friend by their side.

Benefits of pets in a retirement resort

Research has shown that pets reduce stress and anxiety and can help improve your mental and physical health by providing companionship, a sense of purpose and organisation, an increase in social interaction as you meet with other pet owners, and an increase in physical activity, particularly if you own a dog.

Pets can also help reduce the effects of dementia such as anxiety, agitation, irritability, depression, and loneliness.

Moving into a retirement resort is also a big transition and having your furry friend with you can reduce the sense of anxiety that comes with change and provide familiarity in your new home.

Your pet will experience a new home too!

It’s also important to recognise that moving home is a big change for your pet and there are some things you can do like sticking to your usual routine of mealtimes and walks. 

You may have a brand-new beautiful home but bring some familiar items like their toys and bedding. There is anti-anxiety medication that can be provided to pets and remember to update their registration details with your local council. Where possible, try not to leave your pet alone in your new home for the first few days.

Once they are settled, having your pet by your side will make your new retirement resort feel just like home. Having a pet is a great way to connect with other animal loving friends. And just as you’re enjoying new company, who knows, perhaps your pet will find some new friends too.

Ask the right questions

The option to have a pet in your retirement resort can be a make-or-break factor for some retirees. The policies and guidelines for each resort will differ and there may be specific rules on the breed and size of your pet. There might also be rules around pet noise, and use of common areas too, to ensure that all residents can enjoy the peaceful and relaxing environment on offer.

Spring Lakes Resort is a thoughtfully designed over 50s community set on 50 acres of stunning riverfront land. With a 29-acre golf course and ample open space, you’ll feel a sense of peace and tranquility as soon as you arrive home. Designed for retirees who are active and independent but want the assurance of a secure community with a lot of the maintenance taken care of, you’ll fall in love with your modern home and well-appointed resort facilities that is also pet friendly. A future aged-care facility is planned for the resort. Find out more at


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