‘Loneliness will kill’: N.L. long-term care homes struggled with COVID restrictions – CBC

Study respondents cite trauma, impacts on physical health

Jun 04, 2024

Visitor restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic left long-term care visitors with a “significant” increase in isolation, leading to concerns about residents’ mental and physical health, says a study from Newfoundland and Labrador’s Memorial University.

The recently released study. which surveyed 184 visitors of long-term care facility residents in the province, found pandemic restrictions led to feelings of loneliness, isolation, confusion and abandonment among their loved ones, particularly those with dementia.

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, and 12 days later provincial governments across Canada responded by imposing restrictions on long-term care homes and stopping all visitors, citing the vulnerability of residents and spread of infection.

The study said during the pandemic’s first wave from March to August 2020, 84 per cent of COVID-19 deaths were in long-term care homes, the highest proportion among all Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. The majority of these deaths were in Ontario and Quebec.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/covid-19-study-visitor-restrictions-1.7223403

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