After a lot of consideration and research, hospital officials decided that the pets have a therapeutic benefit to patients. Anyone who has a pet around while they were feeling sick, sad, or even bored can attest to that! Pet therapy has been a staple in many children's hospital rooms, but allowing pets to visit adult patients is more rare.
Requirements for Visitors
If you've ever visited someone in the hospital, you know there are sometimes guidelines you have to follow: visiting hours, clean hands, restrictions on gifts and foods. Animal visitors have their own set of guidelines, as well.
According to the hospital rules, pets must be:
Approved by the patient's doctor.
The new guideline also specifies cats and dogs, but other allowances can be made on a case-by-case basis and doctor's approval. Certain conditions may require a no-pets rule, and roommates must be considered, as well. If possible, patients who want pet visitors can meet with their pets in a separate room to avoid affecting a roommate.
Several patients have already had their pets visit, and according to Child Life Director Robyn Hart, “[the pets] just bring so much joy to their owners. I can't think of anything better.” Neither can we!
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Over the past month, it has become clear we are facing a major health challenge. We at Petstop want to do what we can to aid our community and pet families in remaining safe and healthy.
Our Pet Stop families are at the heart of everything we do. As this new virus has an even greater impact on us, we want to share the steps we are taking to keep you, our customers and our employees safe.
We can also do estimates and lessons virtually. While we prefer being able to meet you in person, this is a safe alternative currently.
We will only enter your home if necessary. For the time being we will be conducting business outside, 6 feet apart.
We have made the decision to implement new procedures with our clients. For example, moving forward we will not be handshaking (just fist bumps), please don’t take this personally.
When training your pet, we will protect them and you by wearing gloves.
We are making sure that we have cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and wipes available to our technicians and require the use of it prior to entering any of your homes and exiting.
We have implemented all necessary steps to ensure that our equipment has been sanitized and will sanitize yours as well when working with it.
We are providing our employees the time to take to care of themselves if they or their family are directly affected by COVID-19.
We do understand that this is a challenging time, however we remain committed to the health and safety of our customers, team, and community.
You are the heart of our company and we look forward doing business as usual with a few adjustments.
Please be safe and take care of yourselves and each other.