Ellen Badone, Professor

Department of Anthropology and Department of Religious Studies McMaster University

My name is Ellen Badone and I am a professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Religious Studies at McMaster University. My research focuses on health and aging, and I am looking for volunteers to take part in a study of the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care in Ontario. The goal of this study is to provide a critical context for policy reviews of long-term care in Ontario, by documenting the experiences of families, especially those who have lost members to COVID-19 in long-term care residences, and the challenges faced by staff in these residences during the pandemic. If you are interested in finding out more about my study and participating in an interview, please contact me directly at


As a study participant, you would be asked to participate in an interview that would take approximately one hour of your time. The interview would be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you and would be conducted using the phone or Zoom, an online meeting platform.


If you are a family member, you would be asked questions about your experience and that of your family member in long-term care during COVID-19. If you are a physician, nurse, personal support worker or other staff member in a long-term care residence, you would be asked questions about your experience working in long-term care before and during COVID-19. You would be asked to describe the physical and emotional impact of providing care to the frail elderly during the pandemic, the challenges that you experienced as well as positive aspects of your work during COVID-19.


Since there have been many calls for changes to the long-term care system, all participants will be asked about what they think should be the most important areas for change.


As a token of appreciation for your participation in this study, you will receive an honorarium of $30 in the form of a pre-paid e-gift card for your choice of Starbucks, Indigo, or Shoppers Drug Mart.


For more information about this study, or to volunteer to participate, please contact:

Ellen Badone, Department of Anthropology, Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University (905) 525-9140 ext. 23395 or (905) 973-1615 (cell), Please do not contact CanAge or members of the CanAge team.


This study has been reviewed by and received ethics clearance by the McMaster Research Ethics Board.


See here for a letter from Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge.

See here for Letter of Information Consent from Ellen Badone.

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