Social Connection is Essential in Long-Term Care Homes

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Considerations During COVID-19 and Beyond.

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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.
While the sector faces challenges, we must also highlight what has been done well. We must move forward together to reduce exposure to COVID-19 while also enabling and promoting the social connections that are essential to all of us.

– Bethell et al, 2021


Read the brief commentary, written together with members of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) Engagement of People with Lived Experience of Dementia Advisory Group, and published in the Canadian Geriatrics Journal Vol.24 No.2 (2021) here:  Social Connection is Essential in Long-Term Care Homes: Considerations During COVID-19 and Beyond.