Leading a Long-Term Care Facility through the COVID-19 Crisis: Successes, Barriers and Lessons Learned

Healthc Q. 2021 Jan;23(4):28-34. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2020.26396.


The long-term care (LTC) sector has been the epicentre of COVID-19 in Canada. This paper describes the leadership strategies that helped manage the pandemic in one COVID-19-free LTC facility in British Columbia. Qualitative interviews with four executive leaders were collected and analyzed. The facility implemented most provincial guidelines to prevent or mitigate virus spread. Crisis leadership competencies and safety prioritization helped this site’s successful management of the pandemic. There was room for improvement in communication and staffing practices and policies in the facility.

PMID:33475489 | DOI:10.12927/hcq.2020.26396