Improving End-of-Life Care for People with Dementia in LTC Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Keywords: dementia, COVID-19, palliative approach, end-of-life, long term care

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant increase in deaths in long-term care homes (LTCH). People with dementia living in LTCHs represent one of the most frail and marginal­ized populations in Canada. The surge of COVID-19 cases in LTCHs and rationing of health-care resources during the pandemic have amplified the pre-existing need for improve­ments in palliative and end-of-life care in LTCHs. This pos­ition statement, created by a task force commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, provides recommendations for a multipronged coordinated approach to improving palliative and end-of-life care of people with dementia living in LTCHs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Author Biographies

Sharon Kaasalainen, McMaster University

School of Nursing

Lynn Mccleary, Brock University

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Nursing

Jose Pereira, McMaster University, Pallium Canada

Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine

Published
2021-07-13
How to Cite
Kaasalainen, S., Mccleary, L., Vellani, S., & Pereira, J. (2021). Improving End-of-Life Care for People with Dementia in LTC Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 24(3), 164-169. https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.24.493
Section
Commentaries