Protecting the well-being of LTC during COVID-19

Posted On: March 31, 2020

COVID-19 poses a significant challenge across the province and is putting increased pressure on those working in long-term care (LTC). They show up at LTC homes across the province, despite anxiety for themselves and their families. They carry out their duties at a time when family and friends cannot visit; when residents may feel isolated and be in need of extra support.

To help, the Ontario CLRI at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is sharing a series of well-being resources for leaders and team members in long-term care. One of these resources is free access to Homewood Health’s online mental health platform: offers self-directed programs for anxiety and depression, a health and wellness library, articles on topics like stress, anxiety, finances and health risk assessments, and more than 20 e-courses to help build resiliency in the LTC workforce. This service is grounded in evidence-based knowledge from Homewood Health’s 130+ years of clinical practice and patient care. Many organizations pay for access to use this rich platform.

“We are grateful to Homewood Health, for the work we do together, for the innovative work they do to help Canadians live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives and for their generosity now,” says Josie d’Avernas, executive director of the RIA.

The Ontario CLRI is also organizing our activities to respond to the change in priorities for LTC homes to help fill gaps that may exist during the pandemic. New and existing resources to support the  sector in this time can be found on our COVID-19 resource page.


Homewood Health is Canada’s Leader in Mental Health and Addiction Care and delivers a continuum of mental health and addiction services unique in Canada for its breadth, quality, integration, and most importantly, results. Homewood Health is focused on achieving and sustaining the optimal health of Canadians and the organizations they work for.

About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and hosted at Baycrest Academy for Research and Education, Bruyère Research Institute, and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

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