More pets are being allowed into retirement villages, which is great. But what happens when the owner needs to go to hospital and the pet needs to be left behind for a period?
LDK Greenway Views village manager Michelle Bennet said the Brisbane-based owner/operator considers the trip hazard of pets around its villages is far outweighed by residents keeping their companions.
Andrew Rambow and his four-year-old border-collie Rosy (pictured) arrived at LDK Greenway Views in Tuggeranong, Canberra, 16 months ago as a firmly entwined pair.
“Rosy is part of the family. And everyone here loves her. The way they smile is just unbelievable.”
Andrew is supported by Pets and Positive Ageing (PAPA), Northside Community Service and ACT Pet Crisis Support to help walk and groom Rosy and take her to the veterinary clinic.
PAPA, who advised Andrew to move to LDK Greenway Views, are talking to LDK about further plans to look after pets if the owner needs to go to hospital.
“It’s about emotional health because we know that’s just as important,” Michelle told Riotact.