News RSS Feed

COVID-19 Resource Recap

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Wednesday, April 29, 2020

As information about the coronavirus changes daily, with dramatic impacts on long-term health care, The Avila Institute of Gerontology is compiling resources and information to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of staff, residents and families.

Also, don’t miss out! We are continuing to offer a free in-service to our subscribers that addresses stress management for long-term care staff and caregivers. If you haven’t downloaded your in-service kit already, you can find the link at the bottom of this email.

In addition to our blog, we’ll be sharing a multitude of additional resources, articles and videos on our Facebook page. Like Us there.

Here’s what you missed from last week’s Facebook posts.

Catholic Ethics and the Challenge of COVID-19 | Catholic Health Association

Amid unprecedented challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Health Association and Georgetown University have just started a weekly series of webinars addressing COVID-19 related critical issues in “clinical care, organizational ethics and social policy in the context of Catholic Social Teaching and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs).” All free. Come watch, listen, and become part of this dynamic and evolving discussion every Thursday 1 – 2 pm through May 28. Past webinars are available on-demand. Learn More and Register

Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Grief during COVID-19 | NIH Director's Blog

“It’s not just anxiety about contracting the coronavirus, it’s also fear and anxiety about what’s happening to society, what’s happening to our economy, what’s happening to our friends and relatives.” Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health gives guidance on how to deal with stress, anxiety and grief during COVID-19. Read More

COVID Ready Communication Playbook | Vitaltalk

Effective, empathetic and honest conversations between caregivers, residents, and their families are the foundation of patient-centered care. But how do you discuss difficult topics amidst the unprecedented challenges and uncertainties of Covid-19? This playbook by provides practical guidance on how to navigate these new conversations. Read More

COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns| U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The White House Task Force has just launched a new toolkit to help navigate COVID-19 Healthcare Workforce Challenges. This new toolkit builds on the steps CMS has taken to ensure healthcare facilities across the nation are fully staffed and equipped to treat COVID-19 patients as efficiently as possible. Learn More

Providing Palliative Care Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic | Supportive Care Coalition and Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.


How do we provide palliative care when COVID-19's social distancing and quarantining is the very antithesis of that care? How can we help our elderly cope with day-to-day uncertainties? And how can we take care of our staff so that they can give optimal care to residents? The Supportive Care Coalition and the Avila Institute for Gerontology partnered to explore these questions and more in this one-hour collaboration call. Watch the replay here.


Help Staff Manage Stress with this FREE In-Service

The coronavirus pandemic is causing significant mental and emotional strain for all of us, especially those providing care for our cherished elders. As a result, caregivers are more likely to experience symptoms of emotional exhaustion and professional burnout.1

That is why we are offering our in-service, “Reducing On-the-Job Stress,” free to all long-term care facilities and caregivers. Choose from downloading the complete in-service kit or watching the recorded video.

The kit was designed to be taught as an in-service, but pieces of the kit can be distributed separately to staff, including the in-service summary and access to the recorded presentation video.

To claim your free in-service kit, go to our website and the use the code “support” when checking out.

To watch the in-service video for free, go here and use the code “support” when checking out.

We thank you for all you do to provide compassionate care to our elders. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns that we may be able to help you with.


1. Hossain, Md Mahbub, et al. “Mental Health Outcomes of Quarantine and Isolation for Infection Prevention: A Systematic Umbrella Review of the Global Evidence.” PsyArXiv, 13 Mar. 2020. Web.