Best Dog for Seniors

Senior women with her dog. What are the best dogs for Seniors?

If your loved one has a dog, it may be a little more difficult to place them into assisted living but don’t let that discourage you.

As a Senior Placement Agency here in Florida, we work with many assisted living and independent communities that will accept small dogs, usually not over 30 pounds.

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“Can I bring my pet with me to an Assisted Living Facility?”

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Top 11 Dogs for seniors living in an Assisted Living or Independent Living Communities

1. Boston Terrier

The terrier is small, usually around 10 – 25 pounds and their life expectancy is approximately 12 years. They prefer a more relaxing life with leisurely walks as opposed to strenuous exercise which makes them perfect for a senior.

2. Bichon Frise

This is another small dog that loves to give and get attention. They are hypoallergenic, sweet and affectionate. They range in size from 7 – 12 pounds so they’re perfect for seniors in a community and they live an average of 12 to 15 years.

3. French Bulldog

These dogs do well in small spaces and usually weigh under 28 pounds. They love other people, are loyal, do well with leisurely walks daily and live 10 – 14 years.

4. Cocker Spaniel

The cocker spaniel is happy, easy to train and extremely loyal to its owner. They weigh between 20 – 30 pounds, live 12 – 15 years and love being around people.

5. Italian Greyhound

These are smart, loving and playful lap dogs with a hypoallergenic coat; weighing less than 11 pounds. They love to snuggle and may need a sweater in cold weather. They are pretty energetic though and live 14 – 15 years.

6. Maltese

These lap dogs weigh only 4 to 7 pounds and live 15 – 18 years. They’re a great companion and are affectionate and smart. The best part is they are well under the weight limit most assisted living communities have for dogs.

7. Toy poodle

The toy poodle weighs anywhere from 6 – 9 pounds and can live up to 15 years. They are also hypoallergenic, smart and very loyal to their owner.

8. Pug

The pug can weigh between 14 – 18 pounds and live 13 – 15 years. They’re very playful, gentle and affectionate and prefer to take leisurely walks over strenuous activity.

9. Scottish Terrier

This dog weighs between 18 – 22 pounds and lives 11 – 13 years. They are hypoallergenic, intelligent, friendly and adapt easily to small places.

10. Shih Tzu

The shih tzu is sweet and friendly and loves being a lap dog. However, they do need walks and playtime. They weigh 9 – 16 pounds and live 10 – 16 years and do well in small places. The shih tzu tends to bark if left alone, so if you’re in an assisted living community you may not want to leave them alone.

11. Yorkshire Terrier

The little babies weigh 4 – 6 pounds and live 12 – 15 ears. They love cuddling and playtime and are happy with a short walk a day. Also very loyal and affectionate to their owner, they are wary of strangers and children.

Depending on the type of dog you have, arrangements can be made for you at an assisted or independent living community to move in with your dog.

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Questions to Ask Elderly Loved Ones

Ask these 10 engaging questions to your elderly loved one and never run out of things to talk about

Ask these 10 engaging questions to your elderly loved one and let the conversation begin. 

Never be at a loss for words again.

Have you ever been at a loss over what to talk to your parents or grandparents about? If you ask questions such as, how are you, you are asking one sided answer questions. Elderly people love conversing with others, especially family members and often feel left out of conversations.

Ask these 10 engaging questions to your elderly loved one and never run out of things to talk about

Here at Assisted Living Made Simple, we came up with some questions to ask that will help them join in the conversation and keep them engaged longer.

1. Did you ever play any tricks on your parents and what was the worst trick? Hopefully this will bring up some funny memories for them and tell you a little more about them. Perhaps you’ll find out you have more in common with them than you realize.

2. What was your first car and how did you pay for it? Maybe your parents or grandparents were really cool and had a Mustang convertible or some really cool car like that. Finding out how they paid for it can tell you something about how they may have struggled to raise enough money to afford a car.

3. Were you ever fired from a job? This may seem like an open-ended question, but you can try to pry if they just answer with a “no”. Try to keep the conversation going with more questions like really, not even close?

4. What is the worst thing you ever got in trouble for? Oh boy! You could be opening a whole bag of worms here!! This subject may keep them talking longer than you like, but at least they’ll be conversing; let them go with it and enjoy!

5. Did you ever face any disadvantages? You may find out they lived through the great recession, or perhaps saw many people die from polio, you never know what you may find out when asking some of these questions.

6. What did you think of me when you first saw me? This is where you can find out the truth about what they thought of you, if they tell you the truth (HAHA)! Actually, this answer may make you cry, so get out the kleenex prior to asking this question.

7. What did you learn about life? You may find you have learned some of the same things they learned, or you may learn that they really do know what they’re talking about!

8. What five things have you discovered that are most important in life? Here’s another question that may help you learn some very interesting things about your loved one(s). You may find out they’re so much smarter than you think.

9. Did you find the happiness you were looking for? This could be another question to have the kleenex ready; it could be a real tear-jerker of an answer.

And then the last question . . .

10. What does it take to be happy? Who really knows what it takes to be happy? An elderly person will know what happiness is more than we do because their journey has been a lot longer than ours. Remember, they have been through it all, the good, the bad, the ugly. If anyone knows what it takes to be happy, it could be your parents or grandparents.

When visiting with your elderly relatives and are at a loss of what to talk about, try using some of the above questions to start an engaging conversation. You could learn more about life than you ever expected to and also hear some funny stories and gain incredible wisdom.

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Assisted Living vs Memory Care

Assisted Living vs Memory Care Communities: What's the Difference?

What are Alzheimer’s/Dementia/Memory Care Communities?

Memory Care communities feature specially trained staff and medical personnel who are there to aid your loved one. All staff must undergo a background check, including fingerprinting.

memory care facilitiesThey must also have certain certifications and the administrator of the community must have more certifications than the staff; all employees must pass a test to deal with the needs of dementia residents.

Ask to see the certification if you’d like to ensure they know what they are doing.

This environment is secure and safe and designed to give your loved one the best quality of life available.

Normally, the floor plans are one level. Most communities have novelties such as textured pictures on the walls, for sight and touch, enclosed courtyards for freedom and security. Semi-private rooms are available and sometimes preferred.

They have activities that are specific to people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

What services do memory care facilities provide?

Memory care communities are specialized, they have trained staff that are knowledgeable in dealing with Alzheimer’s and Dementia clients. They help with all aspects of care – dressing, bathing, feeding, activities, redirection, keeping your loved one safe. They have programs to keep them active, offering the best possible quality of life.

How much does memory care cost per month?

Each community is unique. Memory care is specialized – it’s more than a locked door. They range in cost starting at $4000.00/month.

Does insurance pay for memory care facilities?

Medicare does NOT pay for memory care communities!

Most communities, whether independent, assisted, or memory care are private pay, however, there are resources out there to help you with the cost should you qualify.

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What questions should I ask my memory care community?

  1. What training/criteria is required for your staff?
  2. Has your staff had a background check?
  3. Are they certified to work with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients?
  4. How often is their training updated?
  5. What is your staff ratio to residents?
  6. What specialized activities do you provide?
  7. It’s always best to ask local placement companies for recommendations.

What’s the difference between Assisted Living vs Memory Care Communities?

Assisted Living vs Memory Care Communities: What's the Difference?

If you have memory care “issues” you can go to an assisted living community, however, if you start to show signs of cognitive declination, behaviors, and/or wandering, you will need to be moved to a memory care community.

When it comes to choosing the correct memory care community for your unique situation, please don’t go to the internet, call the experts at Assisted Living Made Simple. We really do make it “simple” for you!!!

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