Letter of Information and Consent

You have been invited to participate in a survey about the experiences of staff working in recreation roles in Canadian retirement and long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study is being conducted by the Centre for Elder Research, based at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, and by the Schlegel-UWaterloo Research Institute for Aging, in Waterloo, Ontario. This study is led by Dr. Kate Dupuis, Schlegel Innovation Leader at the Centre for Elder Research.

Little is known about the experiences of recreation staff working in retirement and long-term care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study is to address gaps in knowledge by investigating how staff have responded to the pandemic within their own work environments in order to best serve their residents.


Any information that is obtained in connection with this survey will remain confidential. You will never be identifiable based on your data. Your personal data will be associated with a code, which will be stored in a secure file accessible only by the researchers at the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. 


Once you click ‘Next’ below, you will be taken to the survey and from there you can move through the questions. The entire survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. 

There is the possibility that you may feel uncomfortable answering some of the questions asked in the survey. You are not required to answer any question if you feel uncomfortable doing so, and you may stop the survey at any time by exiting the survey website.


The results of this survey will help the research team learn more about how recreation staff have been able to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results will be used to create new best practices that can be widely shared to facilitate the offering of meaningful and purposeful recreation and leisure activities to residents during the current pandemic, and in any future outbreaks and/or pandemic experiences.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You are under no pressure to participate in the survey and, if you choose to participate, you are free to stop at any time, with no penalty to yourself. You may also exercise the option of removing your data from the survey. If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please feel free to contact: 
Kate Dupuis, Ph.D., C.Psych., Schlegel Innovation Leader in Arts and Aging
Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, Sheridan College, Ontario

905-845-9430, ext. 4229; kate.dupuis@sheridancollege.ca 


You may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation without penalty. You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Sheridan Research Ethics Board (SREB). If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, contact: 
Dr. Kirsten Madsen, Chair, Sheridan Research Ethics Board 905-845-9430, ext. 2795 

1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario L6H 2L1


If you consent to participate in this research project by completing the survey please click on "NEXT" below.
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