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​The COVID-19 pandemic hit the long-term care (LTC) and retirement home sector in Canada hard, with devastating effects in some homes, particularly in long-term care. Eight in 10 COVID-19 related deaths have been in LTC, double the OECD average.Within this stark reality, we have seen some organizations respond to the challenge of the pandemic in resourceful ways.

To help support the LTC and retirement home sector to learn from each other and prepare for future waves of the pandemic, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) launched LTC+: Acting on Pandemic Learning Together.

LTC+ is based on findings captured in a new report – Reimagining Care for Older Adults: Next Steps in COVID-19 Response in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes – and focuses on promising practices in six key areas that have the potential to help organizations prepare for future outbreaks, or mitigate their effects:

  • Preparation
  • Prevention
  • People in the workforce
  • Pandemic response and surge capacity
  • Planning for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 care
  • Presence of family.

Teams delivering healthcare for older adults in congregate settings can register to join LTC+ and get access to national huddles, coaching and potential seed funding. Teams need to register via CFHI's website.

CPSI and CFHI are working together with BC Patient Safety and Quality Council and others, to help ensure our efforts continue to be aligned with what support is needed across the country.

More details about LTC+, include public webinars and Implementation Science teams, can be found on CFHI's website.

1 Canadian Institute for Health Information. Pandemic Experience in the Long-Term Care Sector: How Does Canada Compare With Other Countries?. Ottawa, ON: CIHI; 2020; accessed on June 25, 2020: https://www.cihi.ca/sites/default/files/document/covid-19-rapid-response-long-term-care-snapshot-en.pdf