1st Edition

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Long-Term Care Insights for Reform

By Delia Marie Franklin Copyright 2025
    172 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This important book examines how nursing homes experienced the COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts on its residents and staff, and how the industry can be reformed to better meet the demands of a similar health crisis in the future.

    Data-led and richly illustrated with insightful charts throughout, the book begins with a thorough overview of what occurred in nursing homes during the pandemic, situated within a broader perspective of the regulatory system in which long-term care operates in different regions of the world. It then moves on to detail those issues which made managing nursing homes during the pandemic so challenging, before providing an insightful analysis into how nursing homes can reform their policies and practices ahead of a possible future pandemic.

    Written by a gerontological nurse and Director of Nursing with over thirty years of experience in the long-term care industry, this book will interest researchers and practitioners across public health and nursing.

    Introduction - The COVID-19 Pandemic and Long-Term Care: Insights for Reform



    Section I. COVID-19 in Nursing Homes and Its Impacts


    1. Nursing Home Susceptibility for Transmission: Residents and Employees


    2. Operators: Corporations, Government and Private Sector



    Section II. Structural, Policy, and Procedural Changes for Improvement of Surveillance, Mitigation, and Quality of Care


    3. LTC Improved Infection Surveillance, Control, and Prevention Strategies 


    4. Public Health Emergency Termination and Policy Changes


    5. LTC Structural and Internal Changes for Elder Care Provisions


    6. Organizations Globally: Preparing for Future Pandemics



    Section III. Governmental Strategies for Long-Term Care Industry Reform


    7. Regulatory Systems and Changes in Protocols to Prepare for Future Pandemics


    8. Government Strategies for Health Care Delivery Improvement Processes in Long-Term Care


    Delia Marie Franklin is a registered nurse that has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare profession, including approximately eight years of experience as a Director of Nursing in the long-term care industry. As a nurse, her knowledge base of long-term care and gerontological nursing is intertwined with educational materials establishing a broader understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact in nursing homes worldwide, and the multifactorial systems needed for culture change and reform in the industry.