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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-04-2004, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Pets in Nursing Homes

I wonder if anyone knows how many nursing homes have pets?
I think having dogs or cats can definately make the residents happier. I have read many stories about how pets have given nursing home residents a new outlook on life.
I just wonder how many places do this...I am guessing not very many as there might be concerns over allergies, possible scratches from the pet, who is in charge of feeding them, vet bills, etc.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-04-2004, 09:42 PM
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My grandmother's nursing home didn't have pets, but it was a place that specialized mainly on Alzheimers patients so I'm sure they had their hands full as it was.

My mom always brought in their dog, a 6lb poodle/chiauaua (sp?) mix, and she was really a star over there.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-05-2004, 11:42 PM
 
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That would be such a great idea to have pets in nursing homes.
I also believe society would accomplish a lot if children could have supervised classes in shelters where they would learn about how to care for a pet and especially,about empathy.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-05-2004, 11:57 PM
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A relative of my husband was in a nursing home here in town that had some resident pets - 3 dogs and 3 cats. Most of the residents really enjoyed they're company. Many times you would find the animals roaming the halls to hang out with residents in their rooms, on their beds with them and just be there for support.

I think it's sweet and I hope that when the day comes that I need to be put in a place like that that my family cares enough to find me a place that has pets!
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I couuld never be happy without pets. I think it's a wonderful idea to have pets in nursing homes. We know that petting a cat reduces stress and blood pressure. Also depressed people give up. If they have an animal to care about --or even help care for--I believe they would recover the joy they have lost.




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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 08:47 PM
 
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Nursing Home Pets

I train service animals and nursing home pets is part of the program animals that we train. Unfortunately not enough homes have pets. I have seen the difference pets can make in the lives of patients. I have even seen patients that have forgotten everything else, remember a pet they had as a child when a cat curled up in their lap or a dog nuzzled their hand.

Different homes do the care differently. One home has the family members & other visitors donate money for food and vet visits. Another charges a one time fee of $75 per patient to cover these costs. Several have an employee bring their own animal (dog) to work every day.

All the systems work well for each home. Cynthia
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