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

  • 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
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.

Author Biographies

Jennifer Bethell, KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, University of Toronto

Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Hannah M. O'Rourke, University of Alberta

Faculty of Nursing

Heather Eagleson, Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)

Engagement of People with Lived Experience of Dementia Advisory Group

Daniel Gaetano, Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)

Engagement of People with Lived Experience of Dementia Advisory Group

Wayne Hykaway, Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)

Engagement of People with Lived Experience of Dementia Advisory Group

Published
2021-05-11
How to Cite
Bethell, J., O’Rourke, H. M., Eagleson, H., Gaetano, D., Hykaway, W., & McAiney, C. (2021). Social Connection is Essential in Long-Term Care Homes: Considerations During COVID-19 and Beyond. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 24(2), 151-153. https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.24.488
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Commentaries