You are being invited to complete this survey on behalf of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging, a research organization with offices in York Care Centre, New Brunswick's largest long-term care facility.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of the Caregiver as essential, and the types of access they have to loved ones in long-term care, varies across the globe.

An Essential Caregiver is a role aimed to support a resident’s well being, health or quality of life. For example, if you have historically provided some type of support to a loved one in a long-term care setting, you would most likely be defined as an Essential Caregiver. Currently, in the province of New Brunswick, if you are an Essential Caregiver, you may attend a long-term care facility at any of the province's recovery levels. The only exception is if a facility is in COVID-19 outbreak, defined as one positive case. Access for Essential Caregivers may vary across the province, as each facility is privately owned and may choose to apply restrictions that exceed government guidelines.
 
Families are signaling that they want to be recognized as more than visitors, and during times of crisis, believe they can play a greater role during this pandemic and other potential emergencies, rather than being restricted from entering.
 
Through this study, we hope to validate what families have been saying - there is a broader role for trained Caregivers as part of emergency response, rather than preventing them from entering a long-term care home.

By completing this survey, you are consenting to participating in the research study. For questions, please contact the Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging office at: 1-506-444-3880 extension 2540, or at communications@ycc-cira.ca. This survey will remain open until February 28, 2021.

Please note: This study has been reviewed by Veritas Independent Review Board (IRB). If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or the Investigator’s responsibilities, you may contact the Manager of Veritas IRB 24 hours per day and 7 days per week at 514-337-0442 or toll-free at 1-866-384-4221. An IRB is a group of scientific and non-scientific individuals who perform the initial and ongoing ethical review of the research study with the subject’s rights and welfare in mind. If you have any study-related comments, complaints or concerns, you should first contact the study investigator. Please call the IRB if you need to speak to a person independent from the Investigator and the research staff, and/or if the Investigator and the research staff could not be reached.

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* 1. What is your age?

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* 2. What is your gender?

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* 4. As of January 2020, did you or do you currently have a loved one living in long-term care in New Brunswick?

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