In response to the Jeers about the resident cat at Columbia House (Coho). Not all residents benefit or enjoy the cat being there 24/7; some are allergic and some just dont like cats.
For the residents of Coho, this has become their home. If I were to come to your home with my cat and allow it to walk on your kitchen counter, dinner table, pee and poop on your floor, pee in the bathroom sink, crawl in your clean clothes basket, roll in your bed, under your pillow, you would think that I am a rather inconsiderate and rude individual.
All my fathers life, he chose not to have a cat in his home due to allergies and a dislike for them. When he moved into Coho, he still didnt want a cat in his home (room) there. Management there decided that a resident cat was best for all residents, taking away his and others freedom of choice by allowing the cat to roam the whole building and all resident rooms (their homes) 24/7 and intruding on their privacy. Basically, if you have allergies or dont like cats, then suck it up!
Perhaps you could pursue a controlled pet therapy program that would benefit those residents that request it and allow the freedom of choice for all residents. Or you could bring your own cat to visit with your loved one, just as many dog owners do. Many people would question why there is a resident cat in an Interior Health Facility.