“Older adults living in Ontario’s long-term care (LTC) homes have experienced some of the most devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic:
– disproportionate deaths,
– prolonged isolation from family and essential caregivers
– reduced quality of life.”
#1: “Enhance the entry and retention of LTC home staff through the creation of more full-time positions, adequate staffing levels, and improvement of working conditions”
#3: “Maintain the ability for essential caregivers to have in-person access to the resident”
The culture needs to move away from a focus on tasks to quality of life, a move that requires effective leadership.
[This reinforces] the need for new and innovative ways to connect residents with family members and essential caregivers (in person and virtually) to reduce loneliness and isolation.
About the Science Table:
The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table is a group of scientific experts and health system leaders who evaluate and report on emerging evidence relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, to inform Ontario’s response. Our mandate is to provide weekly summaries of relevant scientific evidence for the COVID-19 Health Coordination Table of the Province of Ontario, integrating information from existing scientific tables, Ontario’s universities and agencies, and the best global evidence.
To read the full 14-page report, please click this link: https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/sciencebrief/the-covid-19-pandemics-impact-on-long-term-care-homes-five-lessons-learned/