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Protecting the well-being of Ontario’s long-term care workers during COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020 | Care Development Team, COVID-19, Research, Workforce Development

While most of us stay home to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, team members who care for one of our most vulnerable populations – older adults – are still going to work at long-term care homes across the province.  Even though they may be feeling anxious themselves, they continue to do their jobs in a new normal — adjusting to rapidly-changing policies and procedures and supporting residents who feel isolated or vulnerable without their regular visits from family and friends.

To help, the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is sharing a series of well-being resources with leaders and team members in long-term care.  One of these resources is free access to Homewood Health’s online mental health platform during this time of uncertainty. offers self-directed programs for anxiety and depression, a health and wellness library, articles on topics like stress, anxiety, finances and health risk assessments, and more than 20 e-courses. This service is grounded in evidence-based knowledge from Homewood Health’s 130+ years of clinical practice and patient care.

Many organizations, including the RIA, pay for access to this rich platform.

The RIA and Homewood Health are connected through the Schlegel family and work closely together, collaborating on research and sharing clinical expertise with each other. When the RIA reached out to see what part Homewood Health could play in keeping Ontario’s long-term care workers healthy during this turbulent time, they immediately replied that they would offer for free.

“The RIA is grateful to Homewood Health, for the work we do together, for the innovative work they do to help Canadians live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives and for their generosity now,” says Josie d’Avernas, executive director of the RIA.

To access this and other Ontario Ontario CLRI resources available, visit their COVID-19 resource page:

About Homewood Health

Homewood Health is Canada’s Leader in Mental Health and Addiction Care and delivers a continuum of mental health and addiction services unique in Canada for its breadth, quality, integration, and most importantly, results. Homewood Health is focused on achieving and sustaining the optimal health of Canadians and the organizations they work for.

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