Pets in Care Homes – Briefing paper and film

The Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) at the University of Lincoln and the University of Liverpool were funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust drawing on research findings from the ‘He means the world to me: Human rights implications of separating older people from their pets in residential care/ nursing  homes’ project.

Conducted over three years and funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust, this research project explored the experience of older people with pets who are moving into a care home. The research was carried out in two areas in England and predominantly focused on care homes in rural areas. Interviews were carried out with older people living in care homes, care home staff, relatives, animal charities, veterinary surgeons and social care staff. If you
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A briefing paper and short film have been created based on the findings from the research project and are available to access.

If you have any questions or queries about these resources please do contact us and we can make these available to you.