Now is the time for Essential Caregivers to be a formal role to support all people of all ages in Long Term Care facilities. March 12, 2020 Long Term Care facilities went into lockdown. While seemingly keeping people - including children - safe from COVID, attention was not given to psychosocial needs and the dire effects of isolation resulting in depression and an uptick in deaths from Failure to Thrive. Children in LTC were separated from parents. Spouses /Siblings, etc. separated. Even support such as video calls, window visits were not in place until formal complaints to licensing oversight was submitted. At that, support was poor at best. My husband immensely suffered effects of isolation which contributed greatly to deterioration in quality of life and his passing in November 2020.