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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~10 minutes | Mealtime is a highlight of the day for many residents and critical for health (nutrition, safety, and social opportunity). These resources will help you to safely support mealtime with residents and remind you how to support a safe and rewarding mealtime.
~30 minutes | This eLearning module will introduce families and LTC homes to the Huddle Tool, a set of five simple questions that families can use to effectively and efficiently share any experience, situation, or need with you over the telephone, especially when you can’t meet in person. Share this with your family council and residents’ family members and feel free to take a look yourself!
The Partners in Care Toolkit, developed by the Ontario Caregivers Organization and Change Foundation, provides downloadable and customizable resources for LTC homes. The resources include caregiver ID badges and stickers, a pledge that outlines the responsibility of the home and caregivers, and a one-page overview of what family caregivers can expect when they arrive in LTC.
The content was prepared by Family Councils Ontario, the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils, and Tech Coaches Inc for LTC homes, residents and families to stay connected during social isolation. Includes examples of video calling initiatives that have launched with success since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
This webinar recording explores the current research evidence that links social connection to mental health outcomes for residents living in long-term care, and explore twelve strategies that might help to build and maintain social connection for residents in LTC – both during COVID-19 and beyond. Learn about the findings from a knowledge exchange project conducted by researchers at The KITE Research Institute (University Health Network) together with Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO), Family Councils Ontario (FCO) and the Ontario Association of Resident’s Councils (OARC).
Better physical and mental health and well-being is associated with good social connectedness. Strategies to support social connectedness have unique considerations for people living in LTC homes. Explore an infographic developed by EnCOAR (Enhancing the Care of the Older Adult), a research team at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. This infographic is available in English and French. LTC homes can request (free) printed copies of the infographic from the EnCOAR website.
Public Health Ontario has resources to support education and training for visitors on Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The Recommended Steps: Putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provides instructions with visuals. The videos below support the education of essential visitors and general visitors:
Developed by The Ottawa Hospital, this video was created to assist family caregivers who are entering long-term care or palliative care units to provide care to their family members during the COVID-19 pandemic. This video offers a demonstration of how to safely put on and take off (don and doff) personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care has a series of documents for long-term care homes to help explain the latest provincial visiting guidelines and policies.
AdvantAge Ontario has developed and curated a variety of resources to support all Ontario LTC homes during COVID-19. You will find resources on the following topics: communicating with families and residents, physical distancing during meal times, visiting of residents, resident isolation, infection prevention and control, and management of medical conditions. Take a look at the information on visiting residents under the subheading Best Practices for Visiting. They provide procedural documents, ideas for outdoor activities, how to communicate with families about outdoor visits, posters and more.