Pet ownership good for the soul as well as your back pocket

20 Jul 2018

Pet ownership good for the soul as well as your back pocket

Animals have served as companions for centuries. It’s only now we are learning the positive social, emotional and physical benefits that pet ownership brings into our lives.

In addition to the unconditional love and happiness you receive from owning Fluffy or Fido, research has shown that there are many physical and mental health benefits as well such as lower blood pressure and reduced stress through companionship and increased physical activity.

Financial and physical benefits

However, the benefits are not only physical, they can also be financial. A recent Australian study found that pet owners saved approximately $2 billion in public healthcare expenditure through fewer visits to the doctor and associated healthcare costs such as fewer specialist appointments and hospital visits.

Being such a large part of everyday life for many Australians, it’s only natural that when it comes to retirement living, people would want to take their pet with them. Imagine being forced to make a choice between a new home or your pet.

In addition to the health benefits of owning a pet, retirees often find that they have more time to spend with their adored dog or cat now that their children have left home and they are no longer working full time, as well as enjoying the simple pleasure of animal companionship during this stage of your life.

Owning a pet is often a catalyst for building new friendships through common interests. Retirees regularly get together to walk their dog (or cat!), meeting at the local park each day as part of their daily exercise regime.

Owning a pet in your retirement

While some retirement communities allow you to bring your pet with you when you move in, once Fluffy passes away there is a high possibility you won’t be allowed to replace her. It’s important to read the fine print when it comes to bringing your pet with you and that you understand the policies before signing a lease or contract. Some communities allow pets under certain conditions while others don’t allow them at all.

Many lifestyle resorts across Australia understand the importance that pet ownership has on health and wellbeing and welcomes residents and their pets with open arms.

At Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts, residents own their homes outright and have the freedom that comes with any home ownership including bringing pets into your life and home at any time, not just when you move in.

Family owned and operated, Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts has successfully created, developed and managed affordable over 50s lifestyle resorts for more than thirty years.

With eight stunning locations to choose from across south east Queensland, Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts provide homeowners with a quality of life and greater certainty than ever before.

To visit one of our pet friendly resorts call us on 1800 785 594 or visit