COVID-19 and Caregivers of Assisted living Residents: their Experiences and Support needs

Studies

Study Title: COVID-19 and Caregivers of Assisted living Residents: their Experiences and Support needs
Rationale: To illuminate and understand the impact of COVID-19 and associated restrictions on the care and oversight provided by family/friend caregivers.
Study Description: COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on older adults living in continuing care settings and on their family/friend caregivers. Safety measures implemented during the pandemic, such as visitor restrictions were critical; however, these measures have had unintended consequences for the health and well-being of clients and their family/friend caregivers. We are looking for family/friend caregivers of residents of designated supportive living in Alberta and assisted living in BC to complete a survey to better understand their experiences and perceptions during this time. The main benefits of this study will be (a) an improved understanding of the impact of COVID-19 and related restrictions on the involvement of family/friend caregivers in the care of older adults living in DSL/AL homes and on the health and well-being of caregivers themselves, and (b) evidence to help guide policies to support the involvement and well-being of family/friend caregivers during future infectious disease outbreak.
Recruitment Dates: 2020-10-01 to 2021-03-31
Who can participate: Family and friend caregivers of residents of designated supportive living in Alberta and assisted living in British Columbia
Location of Trial: University of Alberta, University of Waterloo & University of Calgary
Contact Information: Dr. Matthias Hoben and Dr. Colleen Maxwell
mhoben@ualberta.ca
phone: 780-492-7715
Trial Funding: Alberta Innovates