Award recognises the importance of pets in the caring environment

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care Home operators who welcome pets into the caring environment are invited to nominate for the Pet-Friendly Care Home of the Year Award, organised by the charity The Cinnamon Trust, and sponsored this year by PawPrint. Founder and director Averil Jarvis said the Cinnamon Trust would focus on those nursing and residential homes, as well as sheltered housing schemes, which were happy to accept residents with pets. “At present, too many elderly people entering care homes are obliged to part with their pets,” Ms Jarvis said. “This means needless misery and trauma for owners, plus bewilderment for an animal companion ­ or possibly destruction. Owners may also resist moving into care, to the detriment of their own health and wellbeing, because they fear losing their pet. It has been proved that animals can be of help in reducing stress, yet we seem happy to put our vulnerable old people through this most stressful of experiences without the help of their faithful companion.” Averil Jarvis and her assistants have

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