In March 2020 , with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic , the Board of Peata advised all Visiting Teams to cease their activities.
Since then a very successful mass vaccination programme starting in late December means that all nursing home residents and vulnerable people are fully vaccinated, as are the staff caring for them. The adult population is now almost fully vaccinated (more than 75% ). Given this, the Board of Peata believes it is now timely to resume Peata visiting activities.
In considering this, the Assessment Lead consulted with the Volunteer Coordinator in one large hospital and residential centre group. These guidelines are informed by the advice received. They are intended for both Peata Visiting Teams and their respective Care Settings (hospitals, nursing homes, other residential settings and day facilities).
First and foremost to enhance the quality of life as has always been the intention of providing the Peata visiting service.
This is especially important given the well recognised negative impacts on mental health and documented faster deterioration in those with dementia.
The game changer which enables us now to resume visits is the very successful vaccination programme in Ireland.
You MUST be fully vaccinated and have your vaccination passportStep 1
Then you can contact the care setting you previously visited to enquire about the possibility of starting the visits againStep 2
Please discuss with them how they would like to do this
Forward them these guidelines to assist them in planning how to resume your visits
If the care setting is happy to proceed, make sure you and the care setting are clear about how the visits should be conductedStep 3
Finally please make sure that both you and the care setting have paid their annual membership fee. This provides insurance cover for you and your dog and likewise for the care setting.
It is crucial it is paid in advance of resuming visits.Step 4
So if you are fully vaccinated and keen to visit again, please ensure that you follow the advice above.
We at Peata Pet Therapy would like to hear how you’ve got on.
We would also like to hear your suggestions and any from your care setting.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peata Pet Therapy would like to thank Ms Helen Hennessy, Volunteer Coordinator Highfield Healthcare Group, for the advice she so generously provided for these guidelines.
Version: No 001, 2021. Approved by the Board of Peata Therapy Dog. Date: 12/10/2021