Results and recommendation

In order to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 it is important to keep physical distance and stay as much as possible at home (home isolation). However, we know very little about the consequences of these measures on vulnerable populations.

Older people already have a lesser amount of social contact however, now they are being asked to to keep these at a distance. Visitors are no longer welcome in nursing homes. People with metal disabilities and psychiatric problems are receiving less help at home, what is this doing with them? Homeless people are in a predicament just as families with young children whose home life is not save. What kind of problems are these people experiencing? What kind of solutions do they find as time passes? How can policy support lessen the burden of these problems?

In this study we will speak with people from these vulnerable groups and their care givers about their experiences with home isolation. We will also question nearly 2000 elderly people at home via writing as well as residents with physical problems, care givers and family members of residents living in nursing homes spread across the Netherlands. With stories and number we will analyse the meaning and impact of social isolation for vulnerable groups and we will advice on policy during corona times.