<p>To prevent COVID-19 from spreading in long-term care facilities (LTCFs), the Dutch government took restrictive measures, including a visitor-ban in LTCFs. This study examined the relationship between involvement of family caregivers (FCs) of people with dementia (PwD) living in LTCFs and FCs mental health during the visitor-ban, and whether this relationship was moderated by the frequency of alternative contact with PwD during the visitor-ban and FC resilience. This cross-sectional study collected data from 958 FCs. FCs who visited PwD more frequently before, were more worried during the visitor-ban than those with lower visiting frequency. FCs who visited the PwD daily before, but had minimal weekly contact during the visitor-ban, worried less. Resilient FCs who did social and task-related activities before, experienced less loneliness during the visitor-ban. It is advisable for healthcare professionals to reach out to these groups, to facilitate ongoing contact and help them overcome their loneliness.</p>

doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021., hdl.handle.net/1765/137185
Geriatric Nursing
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

M (Marleen) Prins, Bernadette M. Willemse, Claudia van der Velden, AM (Anne Margriet) Pot, & Henriëtte van der Roest. (2021). Involvement, worries and loneliness of family caregivers of people with dementia during the COVID-19 visitor ban in long-term care facilities. Geriatric Nursing, 42(6), 1474–1480. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021.