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May 11, 2020 9:31 AM

Supporting the long-term care sector

To support those living and working in long-term care homes, Conestoga’s Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care has launched a new online tool that offers a comprehensive collection of COVID-19 resources.

“This is a difficult time and we recognize the challenges care providers and long-term care staff and administrators face in their efforts to fight COVID-19," said Dr. Veronique Boscart, executive dean, School of Health & Life Sciences. "The collection of references we’ve gathered offers guidance to homes and have been grouped in a single location for convenience.”

The COVID-19 long-term care resources can be accessed on the Schlegel Centre website and include materials drawn from the federal and provincial governments and a variety of leading health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, among others.

To support the broader community, resources for long-term residents and their families and friends have also been compiled. They include a virtual visit toolkit, tips for the safe use of personal protective equipment, solutions for combatting social isolation among seniors, and a link to Big White Wall -- an online peer-to-peer support community.

This latest initiative is another step the Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care and the School of Health & Life Sciences have taken in response to the COVID-19 crisis. In March, Conestoga provided N95 masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment to hospitals, and shared ventilators, stretchers as well as other essential equipment.

The Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care at Conestoga College works in collaboration with Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging to develop innovative education, improve workforce development and strengthen care practices to support care for seniors and their families across Canada. It provides a hub for collaboration with partners to advance training and practice approaches and share best practices and resources to enhance seniors care and living.

For more information about the broad range of programming available through Conestoga’s School of Health & Life Sciences, visit www.conestoga.ca/health.

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