Call for care homes to be more ‘pet-friendly’

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

Despite the proven benefits pets can bring to older people, a new study finds that little has been done in the past 15 years to make pets more welcome in care homes.

Research published by the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) reports that more than a third of residential care homes and sheltered housing units have seen signs of distress in their elderly residents after giving up a much-loved pet to move into care.

A study of 234 care homes and sheltered housing units in six UK cities replicated a study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 1993 which highlighted the importance of pets to older people and revealed a lack of understanding of this bond among care providers.

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