In long-term care and assisted living homes families are a pillar of residents’ care teams. When visitations were restricted in March 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, many seniors experienced impacts to their overall quality of life, despite the best efforts of staff. While such restrictions were necessary to keep residents and workers safe, long-term care and assisted living providers across B.C. are pleased to be welcoming visitors back into their homes and acknowledge how difficult this period has been for seniors and their families.
As the sector moves forward with visitations, things are far from back to “normal.” As such, BCCPA and EngAge BC are working with an advisory group of experts to develop The Best Visit Possible: A guide for supporting family visits during COVID-19. The objective of the guide is to discuss how visits, both in person and virtual, can be approached in this new context, to support the best quality of life possible for residents. The guide will build on The Best Day Possible: A Quality of Life Framework for Seniors’ Care in B.C. to discuss leading practices in family visits, amid COVID-19.