June 10, 2020

Senior care: What needs to change?


As the COVID-19 pandemic has escalated, long-term care settings and older adults have been particularly affected. Care providers have had to deal with multiple fast-paced policy changes, staff shortages, resident and family concerns, additional testing requirements, media requests, significant budget implications, and for some, a rising death toll. For residents and families, COVID-19 has bought increased risks to health and well-being, including heightened anxiety and social isolation for many. In this webinar, we look at pre-pandemic long-term care, explore why this sector has been hit so hard, and consider the future of long-term care post-COVID-19. 

About the speaker

Dr. Lorraine Venturato, PhD, is an associate professor and director of international and global health in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She has extensive experience as a clinician, educator, and researcher in care of older adults. Dr. Venturato has an interest in long-term care workforce development and models of care. She currently leads the Alberta team in a national research program aimed at improving palliative care in long-term care across Canada.

About the moderator

Community leader and Calgary journalist Deborah Yedlin was elected the 14th chancellor of the University of Calgary, effective July 1, 2018. Yedlin has been observing, commenting and writing about business and politics for more than two decades, as a journalist for the Financial Post, Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald. In addition to her writing, she has been a regular commentator for CBC Radio and Television, and CTV since 1996.

Recorded on June 10, 2020