Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing requirements and visitor restrictions in long-term care (LTC) have needed to be put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Gradually as visits resume in LTC homes, it is important for homes to engage in deliberate planning, with thorough communication to residents, families and team members. Family members of residents in LTC are important partners in care. This resource card has compiled some resources available that can support homes as they plan for, co-ordinate and support visits. This page will be updated as the situation and directives evolve, so please check back regularly.
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The Care Partner Toolkit, developed in collaboration with The Change Foundation and with input from Ontario caregivers, provides downloadable and customizable features for LTC homes. These resources include caregiver ID badges and stickers, a pledge that outlines the responsibilities of the nursing home and caregivers, and a one-page overview of what family caregivers can do. » wait until they arrive in LTC.
The Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care has developed posters for long-term care homes to help explain and understand new provincial visiting guidelines and policies.
Better physical and mental health and well-being are associated with a good social network. Strategies to support social bonds have special considerations for people living in LTC homes. Explore an infographic developed by EnCOAR (Enhancing the Care of the Older Adult), a research team at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. This document is available in English and French . LTC homes can request (free of charge) printed copies from the EnCOAR website.