By: Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, ChicagoTribune.com
Senior living facilities are increasingly making room for pets as part of day-to-day patient care. Making the transition to a senior care facility can often be a trying experience for an elderly individual; however, some research suggests that companion animals are proven to lift spirits and—in some cases—even improve the quality of life at senior living centers. Often times, these animals instill a sense of purpose amongst owners and members, giving them the ability to assume the role of a nurturer once again. Furthermore, about half of the 18,000 programs in the senior care network are considered to be pet-friendly.

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