Social Connection is Essential in Long-Term Care Homes: Considerations During COVID-19 and Beyond

Authors

  • Jennifer Bethell KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, University of Toronto https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6141-9011
  • Hannah M. O'Rourke University of Alberta
  • Heather Eagleson Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)
  • Daniel Gaetano Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)
  • Wayne Hykaway Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)
  • Carrie McAiney University of Waterloo, Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.24.488

Keywords:

social network, social engagement, social support, loneliness, dementia, long-term care homes

Abstract

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on long-term care (LTC) homes in Canada. But the measures put in place to control infection within LTC homes have also had devastating impacts on the health and well-being of residents through the effects on social connection. Here, we offer guiding principles to enable social connection and promote health and quality of life for LTC residents during COVID-19 and beyond. These principles were generated by a working group of the CO­VID-19 and Dementia Task Force, convened by the Alzheimer Society of Canada to identify the urgent and emerging issues raised by COVID-19 for Canadians with dementia.

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Published

2021-05-11

How to Cite

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Bethell J, O’Rourke HM, Eagleson H, Gaetano D, Hykaway W, McAiney C. Social Connection is Essential in Long-Term Care Homes: Considerations During COVID-19 and Beyond. Can Geriatr J [Internet]. 2021 May 11 [cited 2021 Dec. 1];24(2):151-3. Available from: https://cgjonline.ca/index.php/cgj/article/view/488

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