Publication Date

5-24-2000

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

A study was conducted on 18 older adult pet owners and non-pet owners residing in a mobile home park to determine self-perception of health status and the level of attachment to pets. Self-reported health status was high and equal for both pet owners and non-pet owners. The level of attachment to the pets was also high. Studies have demonstrated human-animal interactions being beneficial to both individuals and families; but for many residents of mobile home parks and common interest developments, such as condominiums and townhouses, rules prevent companion animal ownership. Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) aware of the benefits of animal companionship, are in a position to advocate for older patients, especially when owning a companion animal would be therapeutic. FNPs can be instrumental in helping to change state legislation by educating and influencing lawmakers about the benefits of pet ownership in the community

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