Retirement Homes and Pets

Sections 6 to 10
 


Section 6 - Amica at Bearbrook

Lisa Leonard
l.leonard@amica.ca

www.amica.ca/bearbrook

 

1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?

YES, Cats, Birds, Fish & Dogs.

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?

Absolutely!

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?

See #1 answer.

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?

Small to Medium Dogs.

5. How many pets can each person have?

Maximum two cats or two dogs, one large fish tank and one large birdcage.

6. Is there extra an charge for the pet?

$300 one time pet fee (for carpet cleaning).

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?

It would be the responsibility of the resident and/or family members to find someone to adopt the pet(s).

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and, in the case of a dog, walk) the pet?

This is the sole responsibility of the pet owner (resident) unless in the case of emergency, in which case our team would feed and walk the pet if necessary.

(b) Would there be an  extra charge?

Not in the event of an emergency.

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?

48 hours

 



Section 7 - Billingswood Manor Seniors' Residence

Andre Charlebois
Managing Director
www.billingswoodmanor.com

 

1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?

If the client can take care of their pet, they may bring them in. We do not accept dogs, as barking can be disruptive in a retirement home. The owners are responsible for keeping the habitat /litter clean, and the room must be free of smell.  

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?

Yes.

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?

 Fish, cats, birds.

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?

It is recommended that the pet be a small pet; residents’ quarters are limited in space.

5. How many pets can each person have?

I would say one, but two would be acceptable.

6. Is there extra an charge for the pet?

No.

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?

As per a special clause in the lease, the owner is responsible for looking after their pets. If they can no longer take care of their pets, the family would take care of this end of things, and relocate the pet.

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and, in the case of a dog, walk) the pet?

This is not service that we offer.

(b) Would there be an extra charge?

N/A

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?

As soon as possible.

 


 

Section 8 - Chartwell Kanata Retirement Residence  

Margaret Dennis
Sales Consultant
mdennis@chartwell.com
http://chartwell.com/Retirement-Homes/Chartwell-Kanata-Retirement-Residence

 

1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?

Yes.

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?

Yes.

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?

Birds, cats & small dogs.

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?

Pets need to be smaller, as they are required to stay in the resident’s room. The resident is 100% responsible for their care, including taking them for walks, if needed.  Pets are not allowed in the public spaces within the residence.

5. How many pets can each person have?

Depending on the pet(s) - at the home's discretion.

6. Is there extra an charge for the pet?

No

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?

The emergency contact for the pet would be contacted & asked to come get the pet.

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and, in the case of a dog, walk) the pet?

No - all care is the responsibility of the resident.

(b) Would there be an extra charge?

 N/A

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?

If the resident could no longer look after their pet OR if their pet was interfering with other residents.

 


 

Section 9 - Ogilvie Villa Retirement Residence, Queenswood Villa  

Victoria Newark
Lifestyle Consultant
victoria.newark@reveraliving.com

Ogilvie Villa’s website - http://www.reveraliving.com/retirement-living/locations/ogilvie-villa
Queenswood Villa’s website - http://www.reveraliving.com/retirement-living/locations/queenswood-villa  


1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?

Yes we do! We understand that pets are a part of your family and you want them to come with you. We only accept smaller sized pets, as they need to be kept in the resident’s room.

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?    

As long as it is a smaller animal, absolutely.

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?    

We allow all animals as long as they are smaller. We also have 2 resident birds at Queenswood Villa. They don’t have official names, but I like to call them Bert and Ernie.

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?   

We cannot accept larger animals.

5. How many pets can each person have?     

Residents can bring as many pets as they like. Again, it is just the size of the room that would restrict them.

6. Is there an extra charge for the pet?    

There is no extra charge for the pet, but the resident needs to be able to fully look after their own pet.

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?

We would speak with the resident and the family. In most cases, the family takes the pet home so the resident is still able to visit.

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and, in the case of adog, walk) the pet?

No

(b) Would there be an  extra charge?    

N/A

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?    

If the resident cannot safely look after their pet, we would speak with them and the family ASAP to ensure the safety of the resident and the pet.

 

Queenswood Villa Retirement Residence
370 Kennedy Lane Orleans, ON K1E 3X5
Phone 613-830-2633     Fax 613-830-9910

Ogilvie Villa Retirement Residence
1345 Ogilvie Road Ottawa, ON K1J 7P5
Phone 613-742-6524     Fax 613-742-7380

 


 

Section 10 - Les Jardins Camilla Gardens Retirement Residence  

Lynn Gratton
Administrator & Director of Care
camillagardens@bellnet.ca
www.camillagardensretirementhome.com  

 

1. Do you allow your residents to bring their pets with them when they move to your retirement home?  If not, why not?

YES, with a “clean bill of health” from a registered veterinarian or from the Humane Society. Also, the resident must be in a private room. If a resident with a pet cannot afford a private room, then each situation would be evaluated to see if it is possible to accommodate the resident, but there is no guarantee of acceptance. Any residents already living at the home in a shared accommodation would only be able to have a small aquarium.

2. If/when the pet dies, would the owner be allowed to get themselves another pet?

YES, as long as the owner is still capable of fully caring for a pet.

3. What pets do you allow, e.g. dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.?

I allow cats, birds and fish. Dogs are also allowed, but they have to be well behaved (for example, not barking at every sound, or destroying property) and trained to ONLY go outside to urinate/poop unless it is a miniature dog who uses pads. Any resident with a pet must have a family member/friend who can be reached 24/7 in case of emergency, to come and get the pet.

4. Do you have size/weight/breed restrictions on the pet?

Only small to medium size breed of dogs (exception: Pit Bull and/or “fighting” breeds)  are accepted and the resident must be fully capable of caring/managing their pet. Any dog showing signs of aggressive behaviour, or a pet (e.g. a cat) that shows signs of exit seeking the moment the door of the resident’s room opens, won’t be accepted.

**a resident who has an older, large breed dog would be evaluated to see if it is possible to accommodate them, but again there is no guarantee of acceptance**

5. How many pets can each person have?

1 cat (possibility of 2, if siblings) ; 1 dog;  2 birds;  small to medium size aquarium.

6. Is there an extra charge for the pet?

No

7. What happens if the pet becomes too much for the owner?

Any resident with a pet must have a family member/friend(s) who can be reached 24/7 in case of emergency, to come and get the pet.  ***unless the resident is in Palliative Care with us, and we have support from family/friend(s)***

(a) Would staff be able to feed etc. (and, in the case of a dog, walk) the pet?

NO, unless the resident is in Palliative Care with us and we have support from family/friend. For a short period of time, staff would be able to care for cats, birds or fish, but this would be evaluated on a per case basis.

(b) Would there be an extra charge?

No, unless we need to buy the pet supplies.

(c) How long before you would ask the owner to rehome his pet?

Unknown, every situation would need to be evaluated.

 

Actually my 8 yr old dog Zoe, a Bernese/German Shepherd mix, comes to work with me every day. She is well loved and fervently returns it! When she stays home on occasion, I’m asked what I’ve done to her!!   

Camilla Gardens is also visited by 'Brightening Lives', a program offered by the Ottawa Humane Society, where volunteers visit monthly accompanied by their pets to interact with the seniors.   

I see first hand how pets make a positive difference in a senior’s life, especially when afflicted by dementia, depression, end of life, or just everyday boredom.

This initiative is a wonderful way to showcase the homes that are pet friendly, so thank you.

Lynn Gratton
Administrator & Director of Care

 

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