My human finally got the email: both of the hospitals that we visit, the children’s hospital and the bigger hospital, are opening back up for therapy pet visits! So I get to return to therapy cat work. My human has already scheduled three visits in July. But first, we need to go through my tote bag and make sure we still have everything we need.
We did have one visit, at the women’s shelter, a few weeks ago. So we need to see how much film we have left for photos with the patients. We used quite a bit during that visit.
We use a special Polaroid type film, so that the only person who has a copy of the photo is the patient (because of HIPAA rules). And I can see that we are low on film. So my human will have to stock up again.
When we take the Polaroids for the patients, we also put these labels on them with my name, and the name of our organization. Mine are looking pretty ragged! My human thought we had more, but when she looked, they had the name of the organization’s other therapy cat! My human must have got them mixed up with the other therapy cat’s human the last time we did a visit together. Don’t worry — she has already called and ordered more for me.
I think we’re good on hand sanitizer! There are three bottles here, plus my human’s sunscreen. The one thing we are short on is the sanitizing wipes for the patients before and after the visits. Fortunately the hospital supplies those, and it should be easy to pick up more.
Here’s something that’s important — my human’s portable lint roller for cat hair! She wears black pants, so she needs it to look presentable. (She has had to use it on a couple of patients too.) We have refills so we are set here.
Here are some important things! My therapy cat vest, a necktie, my candy striper bow tie, and an extra harness and leash. Normally I use this four-foot leash, but the hospitals want us to use a six foot leash for now, because of social distancing. My regular, non-therapy cat leash is six feet, so we are prepared!
And of course, the most important thing: my badge for the big hospital! As you can see, it is well worn because I’ve had it for years. I’m ready to start visiting!
Other posts you’ll enjoy:
- Back to the Hospital for a Therapy Cat Visit
- Getting Ready for My Therapy Cat Visit
- Throwback Thursday – Training to Be a Therapy Cat