Animals in Ohio long-term care facilities
Keywords:long-term care facilities
animals in long-term care facilities
animals in nursing homes
benefits of animals
risks of animals
human animal bond
prevent zoonotic diseases
animal best practices
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Publisher:Ohio State University
There is strong evidence that animals provide many health benefits to residents living in a long-term care facility (Nursing Home). Although animals may provide benefits to this population, there are also health risks associated with animal interactions. This brochure provides long-term care facility administrators, activity coordinators and family members with a brief overview of best practices that should be implemented during animal activities. Additionally, Ohio law requires long-term care facilities to create and implement an animal protocol. The accompanying suggested animal protocol provides long-term care facilities with a model protocol that abides by Ohio law and incorporates best practices and protocols to reduce the health risks associated with animals.
A brochure that provides risks and benefits associated with animal activities within a long-term care facility along with best practices that could combat those risks. Additionally, an accompanying model protocol was designed to target key topics related to animals in a long-term care facility likely to affect resident and animal health. Using this protocol as a guide, users are encouraged to adapt it to their facility while continuing to meet the requirements enforced by Ohio law. The supporting document is an extension of the information and guidelines that will help direct the development of an individualized animal protocol for the facility.
The brochure contains: risks and benefits associated with animals in a long-term care facility (Nursing Home), choosing the best animal for a facility, ensuring safe interactions between animals and residents and caring for the animals involved within the facility. The model protocol addresses: visiting animals and their handlers, personal pets visiting a resident, live-in and facility owned animals, residents participating in animal activities, staff and internal committee, environmental infection control and education programs in a long-term care facility. The supporting document that is also included provides additional information about these protocols.
Funding was provided by the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust
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