|Host institution||University of Manchester|
|Team members||Hannah Cross, Dr Rebecca Millman, Prof Chris Armitage, Dr Piers Dawes, Prof Iracema Leroi|
|Funding information (if funded)||Alzheimer's Society|
Both dementia and hearing loss are highly prevalent in care home residents and often lead to poor outcomes such as impaired communication and reduced quality of life. Despite this, previous literature suggests that hearing loss is often poorly managed in care homes, particularly for residents living with dementia. It is likely that COVID-19 has exacerbated existing communication difficulties and access to hearing rehabilitation. For example, by the use of face masks and visors, audiology visitation restrictions, social distancing and other measures. This study will address the driving factors for providing hearing loss support and barriers to doing so in the care home setting, taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic within care homes.
The study adopts a mixed-methods approach with both online surveys and follow-up semi-structured interviews. Participants include frontline care home staff such as registered nurses, care workers and other healthcare professionals.
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KEYWORDS / CATEGORIES
|Care setting||Care homes/LTC facilities|
|Funding type||Private non-profit|
|Impact/outcomes||Mental health | Quality of care | Social interaction | Wellbeing and quality of life|
|Methods||Qualitative studies | Surveys|
|Groups/organisations||Staff working in long-term care|