Brookridge in Winston-Salem, NC, understands the important role pets play in the lives of many seniors. Pets offer companionship, emotional support, and numerous health benefits.

This guide will provide an overview of the pet-friendly amenities, policies, and tips to help potential residents and their families understand how Brookridge supports a harmonious living environment for seniors and their beloved pets.

Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors

Pets bring joy and numerous benefits to seniors, including:

  • Companionship: Pets provide constant companionship, reducing feelings of loneliness.
  • Emotional Support: The presence of pets can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Physical Activity: Walking and playing with pets encourages seniors to stay active.
  • Social Interaction: Pets can help foster social connections with other residents and community members.

Pet-Friendly Amenities at Brookridge

Brookridge offers a variety of amenities designed to make life enjoyable for both residents and their pets:

  • Pet-Friendly Accommodations: Designated pet-friendly apartments and living spaces ensure a comfortable environment for pets.
  • Outdoor Spaces: Beautifully landscaped grounds with walking paths and pet-friendly areas for exercise and play.
  • Pet Care Services: Assistance with pet care needs, such as grooming and veterinary visits, can be arranged.
  • Social Events: Opportunities for pet-related social events and activities, fostering a sense of community among pet owners.

Pet Policies at Brookridge

To maintain a safe and pleasant environment for all residents, Brookridge has established the following pet policies:

  • Pet Types and Sizes: Generally, small to medium-sized dogs, cats, and certain other pets are allowed. Specific breed and size restrictions may apply.
  • Number of Pets: Each resident is typically allowed to have one or two pets, depending on the type and size.
  • Health Requirements: Pets must be up to date on vaccinations and undergo regular health check-ups.
  • Behavior: Pets should be well-behaved, friendly, and not pose a threat to other residents or pets.
  • Leash Policy: Dogs must be on a leash when outside the resident’s apartment.
  • Clean Up: Residents must clean up after their pets, especially in common outdoor areas.

Tips for Transitioning with Pets

Moving to a new environment can be challenging for both seniors and their pets. Here are some tips to ensure a smooth transition:

  • Prepare Your Pet: Gradually introduce your pet to their travel carrier and the concept of moving. Keep them calm and comfortable during the move.
  • Familiar Items: Bring familiar items like pet beds, toys, and blankets to help your pet feel at home in the new environment.
  • Explore Together: Spend time exploring the new surroundings with your pet to help them adjust and become comfortable.
  • Maintain Routine: Try to keep your pet’s feeding, walking, and sleeping schedule consistent to reduce stress.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of pets are allowed at Brookridge?
A: Brookridge generally allows small to medium-sized dogs, cats, and certain other pets. Specific breed and size restrictions may apply, so it’s best to check with the community management.

Q: Are there additional fees for having a pet?
A: There may be additional fees, or a pet deposit, required. These fees help cover the cost of maintaining pet-friendly amenities and ensuring a clean environment for all residents.

Q: What if my pet requires special care?
A: Brookridge staff can assist in arranging pet care services, including grooming, veterinary visits, and medication administration, ensuring your pet receives the necessary care.

Q: Are there any pet-related activities or social events?
A: Yes, Brookridge often organizes pet-related social events and activities, providing opportunities for residents and their pets to socialize and engage with the community.


Brookridge in Winston-Salem, NC, offers a welcoming and supportive environment for seniors and their pets. With pet-friendly amenities, clear policies, and a commitment to the well-being of both residents and their furry companions, Brookridge ensures a harmonious and enriching living experience.

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