Caring for Older People during and beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic : Experiences of Residential Health Care Workers

Veronica Sze-Ki LAI, Sui-Yu YAU, Linda Yin-King LEE, Becky Siu-Yin LI, Susan Sin-Ping LAW, Shixin HUANG*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Older people and health care workers in residential care homes are particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID-19 has been spreading around the world for more than two years, the nature of care delivery has been substantially transformed. This study aims at understanding the long-term and ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the delivery of care in residential care homes. It investigates how the delivery of care has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic and how health care workers adapted to these changes from the perspectives of frontline health care workers. Semi-structured interviews were conducted from February to December 2021 with a purposive sample of 30 health care workers from six residential care homes in Hong Kong. Thematic analysis identified three themes, including (1) enhancing infection prevention and control measures; (2) maintaining the psychosocial wellbeing of residents; and (3) developing resilience. Discussions and implications were drawn from these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15287
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number22
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Nov 2022


  • COVID-19
  • long-term care facilities
  • health care workers
  • delivery of care
  • qualitative study

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