COVID-19 in the residences.

A C3RG project receives a grant of 280,000 euros to study the pandemic in residences

March 29th, 2021

The project "ResiCOVID-19 - Evaluation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people and organizations in residential centers of ​​Catalonia and proposals for improving the model", led by the Chronicity Research Group of Central Catalonia (C3RG), will be funded by the "Pandemics 2020" call.

The Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) has recognized in this demanding call the choral project ResiCOVID-19, which aims to study the impact of the pandemic on residential centers. The call has chosen only 30 research projects from all those that were presented in various fields throughout Catalonia. The amount granted for the financing of ResiCOVID-19 is 280,000 euros.

The project aims to assess the impact of the pandemic on people living in nursing homes, dependencies and mental health in Catalonia -as well as the impact it has had on their families, workers and their own organizations- and, based on the lessons learned, establish proposals for care improvement and the organizational model for these people.

Nowadays, there are still no systematic and in-depth assessments of the reality experienced in the residences during the pandemic. For this reason, this study can help understand the impact of the first wave and extract ideas that respond to present and future needs, as well as rethink the model of care for people in the residential setting.

ResiCOVID-19 is led by the C3RG and has the participation of 11 research groups from three Catalan universities: the University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, in addition to having international partners from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Radboud University (Netherlands), the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and the London School of Economics & Political Science (United Kingdom).

The project has the institutional support of the main employers in the sector, scientific societies and professional associations, as well as the departments of Health and Labor, Social Affairs and Families of the Catalan government.