Improving Family Presence in Long-Term Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Family caregivers play a vital role in supporting the physical and mental health of long-term care (LTC) residents. Due to LTC visitor restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents (as well as family caregivers) showed significant adverse health outcomes due to a lack of family presence. To respond to these outcomes, eight implementation science teams led research projects in conjunction with Canadian LTC homes to promote the implementation of interventions to improve family presence. Overall, technological and virtual innovations, increased funding to the sector and partnerships with family caregivers were deemed effective methods to promote stronger family presence within LTC.


  • Gallant, Natasha
  • Hardy, Marie-Soleil
  • Beogo, Idrissa
  • Conklin, James
  • Connelly, Denise
  • Kaasalainen, Sharon June
  • Keefe, Janice
  • Robitaille, Annie
  • Yous, Marie-Lee
  • Fanaki, Chaimaa
  • Cameron, Courtney

publication date

  • December 15, 2022