HARG Seminar Series #3 Dr Michael Toze ‘Pets in Care Homes’ Tuesday 20th October 12-1pm

Please see below information regarding the third presentation in our HARG Seminar Series on Tuesday 20th October 12-1pm

If you would like to attend this seminar or have any further questions about the series please contact HARG at harg@lincoln.ac.uk where you will receive a secure MS Teams invitation.

Around a third of people over the age of 65 live with cats, dogs, and other companion animals. Many consider them to be part of the family. However, it can be difficult to identify care homes that can make arrangements for older people to remain with their companion animals. In 2017, the case of ‘Bob and Darcie’ hit the national newspapers after an 87 year old care home resident was told his Schnauzer could no longer remain with him, while the court case of ‘Mrs P’ established that in some cases, remaining in contact with a pet could be part of a best interests determination. This research project, undertaken jointly by the Universities of Lincoln and Liverpool, and funded by Dunhill Medical Trust, seeks to explore attitudes, benefits and challenges to companion animals in care homes, and to consider how policies and practices can best address the needs of those involved.

This seminar will draw on an online exercise undertaken to establish how easy it is to access information about care home pet policies, and interviews with care home staff, relatives and residents regarding their experiences and attitudes to animals living in care homes.