Older Adult Care in the COVID-19 Context

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Now more than ever it is important for your patients to look after their health and receive care from you as their healthcare provider. It’s essential that patients continue to seek out care that they need.

This tool has been developed to support primary care providers in navigating and providing patient care in a world where COVID-19 is the ‘new normal’, with considerations and recommendations on what’s ‘new’ and what’s ‘changed’ in the delivery of care for older adults.  While how care is delivered has changed, efforts should be made to ensure that the quality has not. As always, when treating your patients, continue to use your clinical judgement and follow standards of care, best practices, evidence and guidelines.

Seek support: The following information is for primary care providers who are proficient in geriatric care and management. If you need support providing the best care possible for your patients, consult specialists via OTN eConsult.

Key takeaway

Older adults ≥ 80 may be at an increased risk for contracting COVID-19 and have the highest mortality rate due to COVID-19 in Ontario (Public Health Ontario, August 10, 2021). It is therefore important to put measures in place to ensure continuity of care for chronic conditions and immunizations in order to help older adults during this time.

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What's new, what's changed

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Putting it into practice

Immunization guidance

Delivering remote/virtual care

When engaging in remote/virtual care with older adults, utilize the guidance in Dr. Shelley Veinish and the Baycrest team’s virtual comprehensive geriatric assessment (March 20, 2020) for information on planning and scheduling a virtual comprehensive geriatric assessment, and instructions on how to conduct the assessment and the examination itself.


For patients

Combatting isolation and supports

Local resources

Virtual activities

Older Indigenous adults

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