As our communities adapt to COVID-19 so do the guidelines and best practices for long-term care homes. Some of the references in this resource related to COVID-19 and LTC home guidelines may no longer be applicable. Please consult the Government of Ontario’s Directive #3 for the most up to date information.
Many long-term care (LTC) homes across Ontario offer regular opportunities for intergenerational connections that improve the quality of life of residents. Music programs with children, high school volunteers, and pen-pal programs help enrich residents’ lives. Intergenerational connections offer the opportunity for young and old alike to learn from one another.
Initiatives bringing the different generations together offer promise to reduce loneliness and social isolation across our communities. Intergenerational programs that show the most benefits involve frequent interactions that are of high quality and sustained over time.
The Ontario Centre for Learning Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Bruyère (CLRI) has developed this resource to summarize some of the creative ways that LTC homes can continue intergenerational initiatives while respecting physical distancing.
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This work is supported in part by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care a Bruyère. The views herein do not necessarily reflect those of the province.