Research on the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 in long-term care homes is shedding light on avenues for positive change.
What if assisted living facilities became more active communities, where the residents were less sedentary? This could potentially enable residents to gain more independence, rather than losing it.
The failure of for-profit long-term care homes to protect residents during the pandemic is well-known. But non-profits also under-performed governments in preventing COVID-19 deaths.
Families in Ghana are struggling to manage the long-term care of ageing relatives.
Death-friendly communities that welcome mortality might help us live better lives and provide better care for people at the end of their lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the scarcity of resources in long-term care. But it has also revealed how staff are undervalued.
One of the factors that has made COVID-19 so catastrophic in long-term care homes was lack of paid sick leave for low-wage workers.
Every year, about 70 per cent of long-term care residents have at least one fall, and half of those result in injury. Wearable gear and changes to living spaces aim to prevent falls and limit injury.
While Canada has done well compared to countries like the U.S. and the U.K. in containing COVID-19, rates of infection and deaths are higher than in many similar western democracies. Why?
Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather phenomena, heat is a silent killer. The COVID-19 pandemic could make that worse.
A research project may offer insight into how factors like laundry, food and art may be good places to start in addressing problems in long-term care homes.
The extraordinary scope and scale of the COVID-19 disaster at Canada’s long-term care centres would seem to warrant a public inquiry. But there are no guarantees there will actually be one.