La pandémie de COVID-19 a placé les établissements de soins pour personnes âgées sous une forte pression. Cette étude visait à identifier la perception du personnel des établissements de soins résidentiels pour personnes âgées portugais sur leur expérience pendant et juste après le premier confinement (mars/avril 2020) dû à la pandémie de COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed care facilities for older adults under high pressure. This study aimed to identify the perception of staff in Portuguese Residential Care Facilities for Older Adults about their experience during and right after the first lockdown (March/April 2020) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It comprises 198 respondents who answered an open question about their experiences during the pandemic on an online questionnaire. The main findings suggested three themes: 1) a cascade of new needs on top of old problems; 2) working on the razor’s edge: a difficult balance between protecting against the virus and maintaining one’s well-being; and 3) a need for support and appreciation. The pandemic has exposed and accentuated the fragilities of Residential Care Facilities in Portugal, which operate with low budgets, and minimum staff. The measures to protect against infection have to be balanced by actions to maintain psychosocial and rehabilitation activities with the residents, to promote their well-being and functional capacity.