We believe in the concept that residents should be able to live their lives as closely as possible to the way they may have before they moved into the Home. We recognise that many residents place a high value on contact with their own pets or other people’s pets. We recognise that other residents might not be happy about pets being in their immediate environment, while for others close contact with a pet could be of benefit for their health and comfort. It is recognised that pet therapy can be beneficial for many people and for that reason people will be encouraged to bring pets into the home.
Aim of the policy
We will try as far as is reasonable to balance the conflicting interests in relation to pets, which the residents might have. Our policy on pets being in the Care Home will be made clear to prospective residents prior to admission, so that the prospective resident can make an informed choice.
As part of the pre-admission needs assessment of every prospective resident, we will find out from the resident or their relatives about their pets.
If a prospective resident owns a pet and wants to bring the pet into the Care Home, we will consider whether we can accommodate the pet. We will consider whether the resident will be personally able to take care of the pet, and whether the pet can be accommodated in the resident’s own room. We will also consider what the impact on other residents might be as a result of the pet coming into the Care Home.
Any resident who has a pet in the Care Home, will be expected to:
- 1. accept full responsibility for the pet’s exercise, general welfare and cleanliness
- 2. pay on time all veterinary bills
- 3. make appropriate arrangements in consultation with staff for storing anything the pet may need
- 4. keep the pet generally in his or her own room, unless other arrangements have been specifically agreed
- 5. accept full responsibility for the pet’s behaviour
- 6. ensure, as far as is reasonably possible, that the pet does not distress other residents
- 7. accept responsibility for any damage or injury caused by the pet.
If a resident with a pet becomes unable to meet their on going responsibilities for any reason whatsoever or the Manager of the Care Home considers the pet is a nuisance or danger to other residents or is affecting any other resident’s general wellbeing we will discuss making alternative arrangements for the care of the pet with the resident or where appropriate his or her relatives.
We reserve the right at all times to request and procure the removal of a pet who is causing a nuisance or danger to other residents or staff or visitors or is generally adversely affecting the welfare or wellbeing of any such persons.
The Care Home’s pets
We have our own pets and in that situation we will ensure that specific staff are responsible for the care of those pets. Any resident who wishes to become involved in the care of such pets will be actively encouraged to do so unless good reason dictates otherwise, say for example the resident has an allergy.
We encourage visitors to bring pets into the Home for visits.
Whenever anyone wishes to bring a pet into the Care Home, for example on a visit, that person must seek prior permission from the Manager.
We request the following to be respected and if further discussion is needed around this, ask that you speak directly to the Manager.
- 1. The visiting pet, of which the majority will be dogs and therefore referred to directly, should be of good nature without any known risk of behavior that may be uncomfortable to the residents and other visitors. This includes jumping up and biting.
- 2. It would be appreciated if dogs could be kept on a lead.
- 3. It is welcomed and encouraged to make use of the lovely gardens in Hazeldene for walking your pet. If doing so, please ensure that waste disposal bags are used as expected when dog walking in general.
- 4. Ensure the dog has had all necessary vaccinations, flea drops etc that the vets recommend, to avoid any discomfort to residents and others.
Thank you for bringing in your pet into the Home to visit – the majority of residents usually really enjoy seeing them.