Therapy Animal Visiting Programs
in Kansas City

1. Establishing a Visiting Program

Meet with the facility representative who will be responsible for managing the program. In hospitals and hospice programs, this is typically the manager responsible for Volunteer Services. In Nursing homes, it may be the Activities Director and in schools or libraries, it may be the Principal or Librarian. It is advisable to encourage participation with this discussion by other key stakeholders. In a hospital, this would include the Risk Manager, a representative from nursing leadership and from the Department of Infection Control.

2. Provide the facility representatives with the following, so they know what to expect from Pet Partners programs:

  • Pet Partners Policy Procedure
  • Summary of Risk
  • Why Infection Control
  • Pet Partners Liability Certificate

A copy of Summary of Risk.

A copy of Why Infection Control provided during Handler training. 

A copy of the current Pet Partners Liability Certificate.

3. Visiting Program Development Guide

Utilizing the Pet Partners Visiting Program Development Guide as a tool, identify with the facility representatives the important elements of the program. This will provide information for recruiting and training additional teams as well as for logging visits. Page 4 will help determine if the facility is considered a complex or predictable environment. Consult the “Complex /Predictable” information at the Pet Partners website (ACT section, Pet Partners at Your Facility) for additional information to make this determination.

4. Facility Policy and Procedure

Recommend the facility develop it’s own policy/ procedure guiding the AAI visits. Offer to review policies for accurate terminology and accord with Pet Partners policy.

5. Facility Visiting Program Description Document

Complete a Facility Visiting Program Description Document and send to the current Mo-Kan VP, keeping a copy and providing one to the Facility Representative.

Advertise

Create an advertisement containing pertinent information (including who to contact for additional information or with interest) and send to current Mo-Kan Secretary for membership distribution.

7. Logging Visits

To log your visits, go to Pet Partners Volunteer Center and follow instructions.

Ongoing Management Of Pet Partners Visiting Programs:

  • Meet Regularly
  • Stay Informed
  • Program Teams

Meet regularly (at least annually) with the Facility Representative to identify opportunities for growth and adjust the Facility Visiting Program Description document as needed (re-distributing to Mo-Kan VP and all relevant persons as needed.)

Remain informed of any changes in Pet Partners policy and adjust visiting program procedures as needed.

Update all visiting program teams.