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The experience of family carers and keeping in regular contact with loved ones who permanently live in a care home during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A UK perspective

Project statusOngoing
Contact Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith
Institution web pagehttps://www.dmu.ac.uk/research/centres-institutes/ihhpsc/index.aspx
Host institution De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
Team members Dr Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith, Dr Sarah Griffiths, Professor Kay de Vries, Professor Jayne Brown
Funding information (if funded) no external funding
Project Summary

The aim of this COVID-19 related study is to explore the experiences for family who are unable to visit their relatives who permanently reside in a care home. This relates to ‘usual’ family visits as well as compassion visits that may be made at a time when end of life (EOL) procedures would be followed. We want to understand current interactions between family and their relatives living within a care home during the period of a UK-wide lockdown and continuing after care home visits are allowed by family.

It is proposed through the findings from this COVID-19 care home study to co-develop resources that facilitate good practice with practical messages of how family can be actively engaged in the continuing care of a loved one in a care home when restrictions may be in place. For example, this can occur when there is an outbreak of a more common infection and the care home is restricting visitors.

Methods: Qualitative ongoing virtual interviews with family carers

Outputs / Expected Outputs

When outputs are expected: early 2021

Project website https://www.dmu.ac.uk/research/centres-institutes/ihhpsc/project-information.aspx

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The experience of family carers and keeping in regular contact with loved ones who permanently live in a care home during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A UK perspective