Call for papers for the 1st “Home and residential care in the pandemic” Conference, 17-18 July 2021

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Abstract Due Date: Friday 18 June 2021


This conference brings together academics and practitioners from a wide variety of fields, for a collaborative, multidisciplinary exploration of the issues and challenges of the pandemic for home and residential care.  Abstracts are peer-reviewed. Themes and issues for the conference include, but are not limited to:


Stream A:         Residential caregiving

The pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for residential care. Assisted living and group accommodation facilities have faced lock-downs, equipment and PPE shortages, and difficulties with screening and isolation. Staff and residents in nursing homes have been hard hit by illness and death among their own ranks as well as among clients and patients. They have faced challenges with emergency care demands, increased social isolation, transportation, cooking, cleaning, exercise, shopping and visitors, stress, sleep and addiction, among many. Families and friends have been separated, and palliative care and death made more painful. What are the challenges for carers and caring, in the pandemic? Papers might explore home or institutional care problems, preparedness and safety measures, employment, attrition, budget, relationships, mental health, the use of screen time and other communication technologies, among many. How can we use the Covid-19 experience to plan for the next pandemic? What is the role of communication in handling residential care in a pandemic?


Stream B:         Family caregiving

During the current pandemic, many families have provided care to older or vulnerable family members who would otherwise live in assisted care facilities, or receive other forms of support. They have faced challenges including handling and balancing all family members’ needs, caring for a family member with disability, cognitive impairments or dementia, or another illness, scheduling difficulties which may impact employment, the closure of facilities and services which otherwise provided support, and all of this at a time when families may be facing reduced financial security and unemployment. What are the challenges? What have we learned from this experience, that help families prepare for the next pandemic?


Stream C:         Prisons, parole and probation

Covid-19 has shown prisons to be dangerous and unsanitary. Prisoners and officers face overcrowding, inability to social distance, problems getting masks and PPE, little access to testing, and few resources to handle outbreaks. Prisoners often do not have proper food, clean water and basic healthcare, and experience coercion and self-harm. Those released experience stress, anxiety and sleep disorders, due to the exceptional challenges in gaining employment at this time. Officers must handle intensified violence among inmates, creating unsafe working conditions. Parole officers are handling backlogs in the courts, counselling and addiction testing systems, with increases in the numbers of parolees unable to find food, housing, employment and a support network. Similarly, people on probation cannot get required drugs testing, or attend support programs, training or counselling. Alcohol-related and other lower-level offenses have increased among the public during the pandemic, creating a heavy workload and distractions for officers, who must now hold virtual meetings, and manage supervision and process cases digitally. What have we learned, about managing the criminal justice system, in a time of pandemic? What are the issues? Best practices?


Stream D:          Data analytics and the pandemic

In order to explore these issues among officers and people within these systems, we are soliciting research cooperation from academics and researchers, social workers, clinical practitioners, teachers, administrators and others. These papers use data from structured interview questions, and evaluate this data with content analysis software. Conference participants interested in cooperating with this effort will publish papers in a journal special issue with HEDRA advisory board members.  If you are interested in this, please click here.


The conference welcomes abstracts from academics and researchers working in linguistics, medicine and healthcare, social work and psychology, public health and education, as well as in interdisciplinary and interprofessional fields, and others. We also welcome experience narratives, case studies, and situation reports from members of the public, people working in any related field, and specialists. You can find more information on this here. Participants will be able to watch a plenary session, and participate in a live-stream roundtable, and a conference roundtable discussions.


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