Care homes should have clear policies on pets
The chief executive of a Shropshire not-for-profit care provider Coverage Care has welcomed a call for more residential homes to implement a pet policy to make the transition into care an easier process for older people.
David Coull says he supported the campaign by the charity Blue Cross for all care homes for elderly people to have a specific pet policy. Blue Cross says its research found that 40% of UK care homes claim to be ‘pet friendly’ but, in practice, this often isn’t clear or consistent. The charity wants care homes to be clear on where they stand regarding residents keeping their pets and the responsibility of residents living with their pet in the home.
Mr Coull said a transparent policy would make moving into care easier for people who don’t want to part with their pets.
“Moving into care is a life-changing decision and it can be stressful so anything that can allow it to be a smooth transition should be welcomed,” said Mr Coull.
“It would make it easier for people to choose the best place for them to live if every care home had a clearly stated policy. We are happy to accept pets in our homes under most circumstances and work with potential residents so, wherever possible, they can bring their animals with them and they know what we expect from them in terms of their responsibilities as pet owners and neighbours.”