Harnessing the potential of technology to strengthen the long-term care sector (part 1)

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
Description / Summary

The Bottom Line

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has affected those in long-term care homes in Canada more than others.
  • Making greater use of technology has been identified as a potential solution to help address some of the biggest problems in long-term care and to improve the health and well-being of residents.
  • Several factors make it hard to identify and harness the potential of technology in long-term care homes, including: residents of long-term care homes have complex health and social needs; there are many long-standing issues in the long-term care sector across Canada; and the full potential of technology isn’t being used to address these issues and to improve the quality of life for residents, caregivers and their families.