In response to COVID-19 many care homes (CHs) closed to visitors, and new ways for carers and residents to stay in touch were tried. This UK study employed an online survey to explore carer experiences of staying in touch from a distance. The research highlighted the importance of ongoing connections (through visits and remotely); diverse approaches to maintaining contact; concerns about safeguarding and wellbeing. Findings underscore the importance of developing personalised approaches to staying in touch during future CH closures, and for those who require an ongoing approach to remote contact, due to distance, illness, or additional caring responsibilities.
White, C., Wray, J., Whitfield, C., & Wolverson, E. (2022). Caring from a distance – carers’ experiences of keeping in touch with care home residents during COVID-19 closures. International Journal of Care and Caring, https://doi.org/10.1332/239788221X16666566787347