Safely Re-entering Long-Term Care Homes During COVID-19: A Resource for Essential Care Partners

February 2021

This resource is designed for essential care partners looking for information and guidance to re-enter long-term care homes during COVID-19.

Essential care partners (ECP) are different to general visitors; they have a vital role in a resident’s care plan, including during the pandemic.

This resource provides foundational information for those who have loved ones in long-term care during the pandemic. This includes:

  • What are the roles and responsibilities of ECPs?
  • How to navigate caregiving together – advice for ECPs 
  • What’s the current state of LTC homes?
  • What are the current provincial and territorial directives?
  • Want more information?

This resource was co-created with a Caregiver Advisory Group and builds on the LTC+ Acting on Pandemic Learning Together program led by the newly amalgamated organization that brings together the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

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An ECP is person who provides physical, psychological and emotional support, as deemed important by the patient or resident. ECPs can include family members, close friends or other caregivers and are identified by the patient or resident or substitute decision maker.