November 25, 2020

Ideas for Connecting: Ideas from Families for Families

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the ways we connect with our loved ones living in long-term care homes. For many of us, we are now learning to connect in new ways through video calls, phone calls and physically distanced visits. With these changes in mind, we want to support families in coming up with new ideas for how to connect with loved ones living in long-term care homes.

In September 2020, Vancouver Coastal Health teamed up with the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University of Art and Design to hold 3 Zoom workshops inviting family members of people living in long-term care homes to join us in coming up with as many ideas as possible for how to connect.

The ideas, collected from over 40 families, are shared below. We hope that these ideas may inspire you to connect with your loved ones in a new way and provide useful suggestions for you.

This document is just the start of an ongoing conversation. If you have an idea you’d like to share, or would like to be added to our contact list to join our upcoming workshops in February 2021 hosted in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of BC, please fill out this form.

To learn more about this project, take a look at our recent article on the Emily Carr University news page.

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