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Animals in Ohio long-term care facilities

By Jason Stull, Tim Landers, Chelsea Fauver

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There is strong evidence that animals provide many health benefits to residents living in a long-term care facility (Nursing Home). Although animals may provide benefits to this population, there are also health risks associated with animal interactions. This brochure provides long-term care facility administrators, activity coordinators and family members with a brief overview of best practices that should be implemented during animal activities. Additionally, Ohio law requires long-term care facilities to create and implement an animal protocol. The accompanying suggested animal protocol provides long-term care facilities with a model protocol that abides by Ohio law and incorporates best practices and protocols to reduce the health risks associated with animals.


Spencer CW Au

Date 2016
Publisher Ohio State University
Location of Publication Columbus, Ohio
Language English
Institution Ohio State University
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Assisted living facilities
  3. Benefits
  4. Hospices
  5. Long-term care facilities
  6. Nursing homes
  7. Zoonoses