Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and The Future of Long-Term Care

In this video a panel from the Royal Society Working Group on Long-Term Care speak to the recent release of the report 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. The full report can be found here.