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Designated Care Partners: Through COVID and Beyond (w/ Bruyere)

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As challenges in long-term care persist through the current wave of COVID, caregivers such as family members have finally been permitted to provide care and support within facilities for the elderly. Care partners are now more formally being recognized as a vital support to both residents and staff. These care partners play an important role in the health and well-being of patients, many providing both hands-on care as well as psycho-social support.

What has the pandemic taught us about the importance of the care partner role? How are essential care partners currently filling the gaps, and what could this system mean for the future of long-term care? What laws or policy reforms are needed to support the role of care partners?


  • Andre Picard, National Health Writer
  • James Conklin, Bruyere Research Institute
  • Ivy Bourgeault, University of Ottawa

Moderated by:

  • Martine Lagace, University of Ottawa


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