Resources for Older Adults During the SARS Corona Virus 2 (COVID 19) Pandemic

The following links out will link you to the most recent and up to date information for older adults, families, and caregivers to know about the pandemic. This information is subject to change frequently and we will try to keep the descriptions as accurate and easy to use 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

Government of Canada COVID 19 Resources for Seniors and Their Caregivers Page – this is the official Government of Canada older adults COVID 19 resources page. It includes health tips of 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 Visitation Policies and Assistance – Saskatchewan regularly re-evaluates its facilities visitation policy and guidelines including long-term care. 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 pandemic appeals has been removed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Some facilities may require activating an appeal process to gain entry to see a loved one. The former 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). 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. The patient-advocacy channels are still intact. 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: 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 to guide access for caregivers to health care settings during a pandemic. This includes a tiered system of access based on current community guidelines, how to apply the restriction, who is responsible for each activity of restriction. It 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; 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 measures for schools, child care facilities, public spaces, health care facilities (which includes continuing care and long term care facilities), and more. Also includes guidance for homemade medical masks and self-isolation. Links within each category contain the most up to date policies.

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, 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.

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.

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.

The Saskatchewan COVID-19 Timeline

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 October, 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.

Page last updated August 5, 2021