Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers

Directory

This is a directory for this page. Clicking a topic in the directory below will take you to that resource in the list.

Decision Aids:Deciding to transfer from a nursing care home to a hospital for sudden care needs
Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources:Feeling isolated and lonely and needing someone to talk to
Call for volunteers: Feeling isolated and lonely and needing someone to talk to
COVID-19 Resources and Information:Government of Canada COVID-19 outbreak update
Government of Canada COVID-19 resources for older adults and their caregivers
Saskatchewan health facilities family presence policies and assistance
Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 outbreak update 
Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 public health measures
Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 vaccine information
Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 resources for health care providers
Government of Canada COVID-19: Who Is At High Risk for Severe Illness pamphlet
Government of Canada COVID-19: Vulnerable Populations pamphlet
Government of Canada COVID-19: Hand Washing pamphlet
Putting on (donning) personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance
Taking off (doffing) personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance
Mental Health First Aid COVID-19 self-care and resilience guide
Caregiver mental health during COVID-19 advice and guidance pamphlet
Addressing boredom and loneliness in people living with dementia during COVID-19 and beyond pamphlet
Saskatchewan COVID-19 Timeline of Interventions
Other Resources:Audio-video library of resources mostly aimed at health and care professionals
Decision Aids

The following are decision aids that you may use to help you as an older adult, family member, or caregiver to make decisions for your care or the care of someone else that you help make decisions with.


DECIDING WHETHER TO HOSPITALIZE YOUR LOVED ONE

Published by the Saskatoon Health Region, this informational brochure will help you decide whether the benefits of hospitalization outweigh the risks of hospitalization.


Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources

The following are resources that you may use to help you as an older adult, family member, or caregiver improve emotional wellbeing and support your or the person you make decisions with’s mental health.


FEELING ISOLATED OR LONELY? NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO?

Published the Saskatoon Council on Aging, this flyer will direct you to a phone number to call to be matched with a volunteer to visit with. Ask for the Telephone Visit Program when calling.

Call for volunteers to connect with socially isolated or lonely older adults

Published by a joint partnership between the Saskatoon Council on Aging and the University of Saskatchewan, and launched during COVID 19, this pilot research project can link you as a volunteer researcher to a service that provides telephone-linked social connection to older adults.


COVID-19 Pandemic Resources and Information

The following will link you to the most recent and up-to-date information about the pandemic. This information is not complete but is tailored for older adults, families of older adults, and caregivers. This information is sometimes technical and subject to change frequently, and we will try to keep the information up-to-date and the descriptions as easy to understand as possible.


Government of Canada COVID-19 Outbreak Update – includes news, the current situation Canada-wide, risk update for Canadians, monitoring, history, email updates signup, and contacts at the federal level.

From this page, we have been informed that the risks for more severe outcomes are higher for Canadians who are:

  • aged 65 and over
  • with compromised immune systems
  • with underlying medical conditions
  • who are not vaccinated

Government of Canada COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults and Their Caregivers Page – this is the official Government of Canada older adults COVID-19 resources page. It includes health tips on how to lower your chances of getting ill, what to do if you become ill, tips for physical and mental health self-care, tips to protect yourself from fraud and elder abuse, links and information on COVID-19 financial supports, and specific information for caregivers, indigenous older adults, and veterans.


Saskatchewan Facilities Family Presence Policies and Assistance – Saskatchewan regularly re-evaluates its facilities visitation policy and guidelines including long-term care homes. To see the most recent iterations of the visitation documents including the decision aid rolled out to decision-makers within homes, frequently asked questions, the Saskatchewan Health Authority commitment to open family presence, and other related documents, click the buttons below.

Guidance for family presence appeals due to pandemic restrictions is possible. Some facilities may require activating an appeal process to gain entry to see a loved one. The appeals process begins in the facility of your loved one through the care channels (the most directly responsible staff such as a nurse or charge nurse), then through administrative channels (the managers and directors of care at the home). You can seek an advocate along your journey after you have reached out to the home’s channels. The second button below will help you get in touch with someone in your region who can assist you further in patient-advocacy matters. If your region does not have a patient advocate, please select someone from a nearby region for assistance.

There are currently four levels of family presence as of July 11, 2021. Which level is enacted in a home is primarily dependent on home and community transmission knowledge: Recovery Phase, Level 1 Pandemic Restrictions, Level 2 Family Presence Restrictions, and Level 3 End-Of-Life Reasons Only Restrictions.

These policies and web pages are subject to rapid change. We will try to keep access to this information as up-to-date as possible. Older documents may still be as relevant as newer documents in certain transmission scenarios.

The following family presence directive is applied by the Saskatchewan Health Authority to guide access decisions for caregivers and family to health care settings during a pandemic. This includes a description of the tiered system of access based on current community guidelines, how to apply the restriction, and who is responsible for each activity of restriction. This document also includes an appendix of additional documents relevant for family presence decisions. This policy alone does not tell which level of restriction is currently in place. It alone is not a document that will determine the individual outcome of a dispute about access but will provide insight into the official policy decisions; we recommend a dispute resolution process such as contacting a Quality Care Coordinator (see button above). This document is subject to frequent new changes and we will try to keep the most current guidance on this page.


Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 Outbreak Update – includes the current situation Saskatchewan-wide, numbers of tests done, and numbers of confirmed cases – by date, and also by age category.


Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 Public Health Measures – includes the most up-to-date applicable public health measures at a glance. Links that may be available within each category contain the most up-to-date policies.


Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 Vaccine Information – includes information on the vaccine delivery program, vaccination statistics, information about the available vaccines themselves, the proof of vaccination policies where applicable, and access to the proof of vaccination apps.


Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 Resources for Health Care Providers – includes information that your health care providers need to know including infection prevention and control, testing and screening and treatment directives, clinical practice guidelines, proof of vaccination, and proper facility signage as may be required in your facility.


Government of Canada COVID-19: Who Is At High Risk For Severe Illness Pamphlet

Published by the Government of Canada, this pamphlet includes information on which chronic conditions put Canadians most at risk and which age groups are most at risk, what can be done to reduce those risks, symptoms of COVID 19 illness, and what to do if you experience symptoms.


Government of Canada COVID-19: Vulnerable Populations Pamphlet

Published by the Government of Canada, this is a guide for caregivers and businesses and facility staff and volunteers and what they can do to help those most at risk for severe COVID 19 illness.


Government of Canada COVID-19: Hand Washing Pamphlet

Published by the Government of Canada, this easy-to-read pamphlet outlines the protocol for safe washing of hands.


Putting on (Donning) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Published by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, this best practices guideline poster helps individuals and health professionals know which specific order to safely put on infection control personal protective equipment, and will be valuable for those visiting or working in hospitals and long term care facilities during COVID 19 and future pandemics.


Taking off (Doffing) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Published by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, this best practices guideline poster helps individuals and health professionals know which specific order to safely take off infection control personal protective equipment, and will be valuable for those visiting or working in hospitals and long term care facilities during COVID 19 and future pandemics.


Mental health first aid covid-19 self care and resilience guide

Published by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, this package helps individuals create a self-care and resiliency plan essentially outlining activities that keep you grounded, coping resources at your disposal, who you can turn to for support, and additional resources to reach out to in times of stress or with mental health concerns, by province.


caregiver mental health during covid-19 outbreak

Published by The Ontario Caregiver Organization, this pamphlet gives some guidance on what caregivers can do for themselves and their loved ones during this pandemic such as how to keep informed, prepared, connected, routine, positive, and healthy.


Individualized Meaningful Engagement through COVID-19 and Beyond

Published by DementiAbility and Behavioural Supports Ontario, this document is to provide supports to caregivers and health care providers and addresses the concerns of boredom and loneliness in a time of social isolation for people living with dementia who may not understand why they need to have their activity and social contact restricted. Includes ideas for leisure and infection control.


The Saskatchewan COVID-19 Timeline of interventions

This document highlights the Saskatchewan response to COVID-19. This document begins when Saskatchewan first recognizes the public health threat in February 2020 and is currently updated to July 23, 2020. This document will be further updated November, 2021. Apologies for the delay.

This document will be periodically updated. The update date will be updated as the document is replaced with newer versions.

Click to “download” to download and view the PDF document.


Video Conferences/Audio Radio Podcasts

Clicking the button below will bring you to a page of compiled video conferences from mostly medical professionals during the COVID 19 outbreak or audio radio podcasts that may be of some individual interest. All these videos and audio files are thematically about older adults and long-term care. The language in the videos may be very bio-medical in nature. Some of these videos might be quite long. No news broadcasts appear in these links. As things have changed over time, policies and procedures and recommendations have changed over time as well. If you would like to know the most recent recommendations and procedures from medical experts, you may need to do more recent searches than information provided in these videos and audio files. To aid you in determining if these videos or audio files are useful to you, we will list, along with each link, the date of the conference, the group providing the conference, and the theme of the conference or podcast.

These may be of specific clinical value to clinicians, directors, and students viewing this web page.


Page last updated November 3, 2021