|Institution web page||https://apps.ualberta.ca/directory/person/mhoben|
|Host institution||University of Alberta|
|Team members||Matthias Hoben, University of Alberta Colleen Maxwell, University of Waterloo Jennifer Baumbusch, University of British Columbia David Hogan, University of Calgary Kim McGrail, University of British Columbia Andrea Gruneir, University of Alberta Natasha Lane, University of British Columbia Joseph Amuah, University of Ottawa Stephanie Chamberlain, University of Alberta Lauren Griffith, McMaster University Corinne Schalm, Government of Alberta, Continuing Care Branch Heather Cook, Ministry of Health, British Columbia Hude Quan, University of Alberta Sheryl Zimmerman, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)|
|Funding information (if funded)||This project is funded by Alberta Innovates: https://albertainnovates.ca/impact/newsroom/helping-the-helpers-impacts-of-covid-19-on-assisted-living-residents-family-friends/|
Family caregivers are essential to ensuring older AL residents receive timely and appropriate care. Variation in the type and amount of health and social care they engage in is closely linked with the health and social status of residents and with their own health and well-being. Though the immediate and longer-term effects of COVID-19 (and related workforce shortages, physical distancing and social isolation) on AL residents and their families are expected to be extensive and long-lasting, they remain to be investigated in Canada.
AIM & OBJECTIVES
We will further explore variation in the above estimates and associations by select family caregiver (e.g., age, gender, socioeconomic status), resident (e.g., age, sex, functional status) and facility characteristics (e.g., size, region, for-profit status, COVID-19 testing/outbreak status, visiting policies).
|Outputs / Expected Outputs|
Our stakeholder partners (provincial & regional healthcare decision makers and family caregiver advocates) worked closely with the research team to
Our research will contribute knowledge that will not only help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 but to also minimize impacts on vulnerable persons. It will help to protect the rights, dignity and care of a vulnerable population uniquely affected but currently neglected in COVID-19 related priorities for resources, staffing and services. The variability in COVID-19 preparedness, outbreak management, and adverse outcomes observed across AL and LTC settings illustrates the potential for evidence-informed best care policies, practices and interventions. With our collaborators and established AL research platform, our work will accelerate the availability of robust, real-time evidence to inform the development and conditions for scale-up of policy and practice interventions to (i) ensure timely communication with, and engagement of, family caregivers in AL; and, (ii) permit rapid and enhanced preparedness, staffing and services in AL. Both are key to mitigating adverse consequences of future outbreaks and restrictions on residents’ and family caregivers’ health and psychosocial well-being.
KEYWORDS / CATEGORIES
|Care setting||Care homes/LTC facilities|
|Funding type||Private non-profit|
|Impact/outcomes||Care coordination/access | Mental health | Physical health | Quality of care | Social interaction | Wellbeing and quality of life|
|Intervention types||Digital records/data linkage | Interventions to improve quality of care | Measures to compensate for isolation policies | Visiting policies|
|Methods||Secondary data analysis | Surveys|
|Groups/organisations||Care partners of people living in LTCF | Care provider/care organisations|