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Social connection in long-term care home residents

Principal Investigator:
  • Jennifer Bethell, University Health Network
  • Andrew Sommerlad, University College London
  • Alzheimer's Association

Project Overview

This proposal aims to further the health and care of people living in long-term care (LTC) homes by improving the measurement of social connection. We will systematically appraise existing measures of social connection used in research in this population, including objective (e.g., social isolation) and subjective (e.g., loneliness) constructs. We will then engage people living with dementia, LTC residents, families, clinicians, other staff, and researchers to understand their perceptions related to measuring social connection in LTC homes and specifically for residents living with dementia. We will use these findings to adapt or develop, and then test, an approach to measure social connection in LTC homes. Our findings will help assess person-centred care to improve health and quality of life of LTC residents. Our international team includes early-career and established researchers and clinicians with broad multidisciplinary expertise and will engage people with lived experience of dementia.