When deciding on a pet policy for a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) or Adult Residential Facility (ARF) in California, there are several factors to weigh. Here are the top 10 considerations to keep in mind:
· Resident preferences: The preferences and needs of your residents should be a top consideration when deciding on a pet policy. Some residents may enjoy having pets around, while others may have allergies or other concerns.
· Safety: The safety of your residents should be a top priority. Consider the potential risks associated with pets, such as bites, falls, or allergies, and develop policies to mitigate these risks.
· Staff training: If you decide to allow pets in your facility, it’s important to provide staff training on how to care for and interact with pets, as well as how to address any issues that may arise.
· Liability: Consider the potential liability associated with allowing pets in your facility, such as damage to property or injuries to residents or staff.
· Pet ownership requirements: If you decide to allow pets in your facility, consider setting requirements for pet ownership, such as vaccination records, spaying or neutering, and behavioral training.
· Pet types: Consider the types of pets that will be allowed in your facility, such as dogs, cats, or birds, and set policies accordingly.
· Pet limits: Consider setting limits on the number of pets that can be owned by residents or brought into the facility.
· Pet care responsibilities: Consider the responsibilities associated with pet care, such as feeding, grooming, and exercise, and develop policies to ensure that these responsibilities are met.
· Pet deposits or fees: Consider whether to require pet deposits or fees to cover any potential damage or additional cleaning associated with pets.
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