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Pets as Therapy

B72

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Jul 21, 2018
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I have yet to meet the live-in carers, but I would expect them to be responsible enough to handle a visit, assuming the dog owner has had some training and experience them self.

In any case, it's something I will need to speak to the care agency about before arranging anything, so I'll see what they say.
As someone who has had PAT dogs, I can tell you that the dog is temperament tested, I can’t remember if the dog owner is DBS checked. In my time, there was no training for the volunteer. It would be hard, you visit many different types of establishment. You learn by experience. Of course things may have changed.
 

Sirena

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Feb 27, 2018
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As someone who has had PAT dogs, I can tell you that the dog is temperament tested, I can’t remember if the dog owner is DBS checked. In my time, there was no training for the volunteer. It would be hard, you visit many different types of establishment. You learn by experience. Of course things may have changed.

On the PAT website they say the owners are not DBS checked, just reference checked. At a care home they are only allowed to visit residents in the communal areas, not in their rooms.
 

sinkhole

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Jan 28, 2015
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Just wanted to update this thread in case anyone finds it in the future.
There doesn't seem to be an organisation in the UK who can organise dog visits to private homes. The closest I found was http://animaldaysout.com/ who suggest they can on their website but didn't seem hopeful when I spoke to them. So I was dreading having to explain that there wouldn't be a dog any time soon.

In the meantime, last weekend there were some other issues which meant I had to organise 4 weeks of respite care in a local home urgently. I've just got her in to a nice place not far away and the best bit is that they have dogs visiting regularly, which my mum is over the moon about and although she was very reticent to consider a home before, I'm wondering whether the promise of regular dog visits will actually change her mind about care homes. She even told me she hated her house the other day, so I wouldn't be surprised if when she comes out she'll be begging me to go back in there permanently.

Funny how things can change so quickly!