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. If you have a resource to suggest for this page, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
This resource serves as an ethical decision making guide to support LTC homes managing essential visitors during the COVID-19 Pandemic, developed by the PoET Southwest Spread Project, a joint venture between William Osler and McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine.
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 RNAO has developed a pamphlet for family members, caregivers or friends who are coming to homes for scheduled appointments with residents. This pamphlet covers what to expect, how to practice infection prevention, and responsibilities while you are at the home.
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).
Some of the above materials were created in part or full by the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI). Theses resources are supported in part with funding from the Government of Ontario through the Ontario CLRI. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Province.