Advice for Caregivers: How to Care for a person with COVID-19 at home
(Public Health Agency of Canada). 2-page guidance on how caregivers can protect themselves, monitor for symptoms and keep their environment clean. Available in 20 languages.
Comprehensive Room-by-Room Home Safety Guide for Older Adults
An article outlining safety tips to make the home as safe as possible to lessen the chances of a fall with some simple adaptations.
Planning & decision support tools:
COVID Caregiver Back-Up Plan
(McMaster University/Health Canada/Government of Ontario) Online customizable tool for primary caregivers to list their caregiver tasks, care provider schedule, medication list, preferences of the person they care and other important information.
Creating a Caregiver Contingency Plan
(Ontario Caregiver Organization) Guidance to family caregivers, specifically to help them tackle how to create a back up plan should they need to self-quarantine or become ill themselves.
Ottawa Personal Decision Guide for Health or Social Decisions
(Ottawa Hospital Research Institute) 2-page form, supported by video examples, that can be used by healthcare professionals to facilitate shared decision making.
Decision Aid for Residents and Families – Move from LTC
(National Institute of Aging/ Ottawa Hospital Research Institute) 6 steps to prepare caregivers and their loved ones in discussing their options about leaving a long-term care or nursing home during the pandemic.
COVID-19 Conversation Guide for Outpatient Care
A 2-page script aims to make it easier for clinicians to have empowering conversations on the potential impact of COVID-19 on their health, share their worries, values and priorities and to make informed decision.
Seven Tips for Supporting Caregivers
(Caregivers Alberta) Tip sheet outlining simple actions and common resources to support caregivers.
The Person Behind the Mask: Communicating with Clients Living with Dementia while Protecting Ourselves (Alzheimer Society) 1-page resource for providers in the community to overcome communication barriers and provide added comfort, that may be hindered from the use of PPE (such as masks).
Tips for Compassionate Communications
(Alberta Health Services) Guidance on sentences to avoid, as well as recommended expressions, when speaking to deteriorating patients and/or family of deteriorating patients
COVID Ready Communication Skills Playbook
(Vital Talk) Advice on how to address patients’ and families’ concerns over triage, deciding, resource allocation, proactive planning and much more.
Balancing Work & Care:
National Standard in Creating A Carer-Friendly Workplace (complimentary copy for a time-limited only)
(Canadian Standards Association/ McMaster University) Standards to guide employers in supporting their employees who are juggling paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities.