Overview: To address the immediate impact of COVID-19 policies (i.e., physical distancing, reduced access to care), the GERAS Frailty Rehabilitation model will be adapted to be delivered remotely in the homes of vulnerable seniors. The investigators’ aim is to understand how to best build resilience among vulnerable seniors in the community through at-home rehabilitation services (socialization, exercise, nutrition, and medication support).

Virtual Bundled Care for Older Adults during COVID-19

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04500366
Study Type: Interventional (Clinical Trial)
Participants (N): 70
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: New Model of Care; Prevention
Intervention Description: Participants will be randomized into two arms (35/arm based on sample size calculation) for 12-weeks of socialization only or multi-modal frailty rehabilitation. The socialization only arm will receive 1x/week phone calls from medical student volunteers. Multi-modal frailty rehabilitation will involve virtual care including 1x/week socialization, 2x/week exercise (small group physiotherapy live-streamed sessions), nutrition (virtual consult), and medication support (virtual pharmacist consult) all via a videoconferencing service.
Primary Outcome Change in physical function assessed by the 5x Sit-to-Stand (time to complete). Faster times to complete indicate better performance.

Change in mental health assessed by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21). Higher scores indicate greater risk of depression, anxiety and stress [depression, anxiety, stress subscores range 0-21].

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