The Impact of COVID-19 on Social Connection and Social Support among Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Case Study


  • Madeline L. Lischynski
  • Hua Li


Social connection and social support are an integral component of an individual’s physical and mental health as well as their quality of life. Before COVID-19 a high prevalence of loneliness and social isolation had been reported in long-term care facilities. COVID-19 exacerbated them among LTC residents due to the visitation restrictions from limited visitation to no visitation. This case study provides an example of the challenges encountered by a resident in a long-term care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the visitation restrictions impacted his wellbeing. Technology as a method for connecting with family through video conferencing has been increasingly utilized to bridge the physical distance, and residents can benefit greatly from using the technology to keep connected with family and friends, ultimately enhancing their overall wellbeing.