Event Date: Feb 16, 2023

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Media surrounding the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care (LTC) has focused on rates of infection and death, and the policies, structural and systemic issues faced by the LTC sector. But what about the lived experiences of care partners who were tasked with trying to care for loved ones while navigating the evolving public health orders and subsequent restrictions?

This webinar presents findings from a qualitative study that aimed to understand the lived experiences of LTC residents in Ontario and their care partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Acknowledging that socialization is a key component of overall wellness, this research is part of a larger study that aims to understand how pandemic-related restrictions impacted resident health and wellness.
During this webinar, participants will:
  • Be introduced to a university-community partnership that is working to understand how LTC residents and their care partners were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting public health orders
  • Hear the firsthand pandemic experiences of care partners of residents living in LTC homes in Ontario
This event is brought to you by the South East Knowledge Exchange Network.


Dr. Catherine Donnelly, Director, Health Services & Policy Research Institute
Catherine Donnelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and Director of the Health Services and Policy Research Institute. Her clinical research is focused on team based primary care with an emphasis on understanding how interprofessional primary care teams can support older adults and individuals with chronic conditions.
Dr. Morgan Slater, Research Scientist, Health Services & Policy Research Institute
Dr. Morgan Slater is a Research Scientist at Queen’s Health Services and Policy Research Institute. Dr. Slater has over 10 years of experience in clinical research, the majority of which have been in primary care. Her research interests focus on utilizing the rich, complementary information in electronic medical records and administrative health data to answer important questions focused on improving patient care and changing health policy.
Kim Schryburt-Brown, Clinical Resource Project Consultant, Seniors Mental Health Behavioural Support Services Providence Care Community
Kim is an occupational therapist and has worked in Seniors Mental Health since 2004.  She worked as a front-line OT until 2017 when she moved into the Clinical Resource Project Consultant position with Seniors Mental Health Behavioural Support Services (SMHBSS) at Providence Care.  In this role she is a collaborative partner and resource in the design and development of evidence-based tools, processes, systems and programs that further enhance the system of care and lived experience of SMHBSS clients. Kim is a certified Gentle Persuasive Approaches master coach, P.I.E.C.E.S. educator, Positive Approaches to Care Trainer, and certified LEAN Green Belt.
Logan Rogers, MScOT/Research Assistant
Logan Rogers is in her final year of my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) program at Queen’s University. She completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences from Queen’s University and holds a diploma as an Occupational Therapy Assistant/ Physiotherapist Assistant (OTA/PTA) from Humber College. Logan has worked as an OTA/PTA since 2016 in Ontario, British Columbia and prior to returning to Kingston, in Whitehorse, Yukon. She has worked with a number of populations in a variety of health care settings and would like to continue making an impact in the healthcare field to improve individual outcomes and overall quality of life.
Samantha Leger, MscOT Candidate/Research Assistant
Samantha is a current student in the Master of Science, Occupational Therapy program at Queen’s University, and a graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, double major in Psychology. Her research interests are focused on active aging for older adults, community development, and the role of art in facilitating connection and engagement.