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Co-sheltering challenges with homeless youth
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ckim2
Oct 08, 2018
Hi @tweaver. Thanks for sharing your challenges.This is quite a list. To address #1, can you provide more clarity on the environment? It's permanent supportive housing, so I'd imagine it's 1 family per unit, and each unit is a studio/efficiency? And each resident is responsible for cleaning their own apartment, perhaps with the support of staff if it becomes a problem and part of their individualized goal plan? You're working with young mothers and pregnant women, so there are actually some special considerations for cleaning up after animals, particularly cats. Your staff and program participants should be aware that pregnant women are susceptible to a disease called toxoplasmosis. It's contracted by coming into contact with an infected cat's feces and then accidentally ingesting the parasite, so the most ideal thing would be to have someone else scoop the kitty litter every day. If it's not possible, then I'd say the next best thing is to make sure the client knows they must wash their hands thoroughly after touching the litter box. I think there is a way to test cats for the bacteria toxoplasma and get them treated, but I'll leave this explanation and any corrections to @michelle.lem. Toxoplasma is only a risk if you're cleaning up after cats, not dogs. Again, probably more of Michelle's area of expertise. If the issue is that dogs are defecating and urinating in the room, a very very temporary solution might be to get some puppy pads + spray and teach clients what they're for. If the dog is actually taught how to use the pad, the pads can then just be thrown out on a daily basis. @Dana - what do you think? If there is a mess in a carpet and it needs to get cleaned up right away, the program or client should invest in a natural stain and odor removing product like Nature's Miracle or Biokleen. Check the resources section of the forum for a list of recommended products for programs supply closets. Cleaning up after pets might also be something that gets incorporated into a wider Activities of Daily Living group. I'd imagine that people who struggle with cleaning up after their animals and just leave dog feces on the carpet struggle with other ADLs. My Dog is My Home might also be able to hook you up with a volunteer dog trainer who can hold 1:1 trainings with your clients for house training. Of course, the expectation would be that the dog trainer would only work on dog issues with the client, so it would probably be most effective if it was part of a wider plan to address ADLs overall.
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