Elderly people in over a third of residential care homes experience noticeable symptoms of distress because they have to give up a beloved pet, according to research published today by the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), with funding from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA).
The in-depth study of 234 care homes and sheltered housing units revealed that the vast majority of care facilities in the UK do not allow people to take pets, despite a growing body of evidence showing the importance of pets to older people1.
The number of elderly people in the UK is growing every year and many will eventually need residential care. Around a quarter of all people over retirement age are thought to own a pet, but the study shows that only 29% of care facilities routinely allow pets. Of these homes that do allow pets over half specifically exclude dogs and cats, [...]
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