CFN Members contribute to Royal Society of Canada Task Force on COVID-19 reports on LTC
As members of the Royal Society of Canada’s Task Force on COVID-19 several CFN members have contributed to reports with the objective of supporting policy makers with evidence to inform their decisions. Congratulations to Sharon Straus, Véronique Boscart, and Carole Estabrooks on this significant contribution.
Policy Briefings have three sections:
- Context and policy status before COVID-19
- Vulnerabilities exposed as a result of COVID-19
- Principles for action and leading options
Overview of Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and The Future of Long-Term Care
This Policy Briefing Report on Long-Term Care focuses on the workforce. The report begins by reviewing the research context and policy environment in Canada’s long-term care sector before the arrival of COVID-19. It summarizes the existing knowledge base for far-sighted and integrated solutions to challenges in the long-term care sector. The report then outlines profound, long-standing deficiencies in the long-term care sector that contributed to the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis. Equally important contributors to this crisis are the characteristics of the older adults living in nursing homes, their caregivers and the physical environment of nursing homes.
The long-standing deficiencies in Canada’s long-term care sector and the characteristics of the key players had direct impact on the immediate causes of the COVID-19 crisis in our nursing homes. This report enumerates those immediate causes.
The report then articulates principles for action and recommendations for urgent action.