COVID-19 and Caregivers of Assisted Living Residents: their Experiences and Support Needs

Run Dates:  2020-10-01 – 2021-03-31

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on older adults living in continuing care settings and on their family/friend caregivers. Safety measures implemented during the pandemic, such as visitor restrictions were critical; however, these measures have had unintended consequences for the health and well-being of clients and their family/friend caregivers. We are looking for family/friend caregivers of residents in designated supportive living in Alberta and assisted living in British Columbia to complete a survey to better understand their experiences during this time. The main benefits of this study will be (a) an improved understanding of the impact of COVID-19 and related restrictions on the involvement of family/friend caregivers in the care of older adults living in DSL/AL homes and on the health and well-being of caregivers themselves, and (b) evidence to help guide DSL/AL policies and practices to support the involvement and well-being of family/friend caregivers during future infectious disease outbreak.

Who is eligible to participate in the study?

  • Primary family member/friend caregiver of a resident in Designated Supportive Living in AB or assisted living in BC.
  • The resident has to have been in the facility for 3 or more months prior to March 1, 2020.
What is required of the participants?
  • We wish to conduct a survey with family/friend caregivers of residents in DSL/AL in Alberta and BC to understand their experiences and perceptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Caregivers can complete the survey online ( or by phone. To participate over the phone please contact Kyle Corbett, Research Coordinator (
  • The survey will be conducted by staff at the Surrey Research Centre at the University of Waterloo.
Click here to take the survey.
Click here to view poster.


Ethics ID: Pro00101048

Contact:  Kyle Corbett, Research Coordinator 


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