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COVID-19 Resource Recap: June 3, 2020

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Wednesday, June 03, 2020

The Covid-19 curve is the lowest it's been since the crisis began. But the trauma our nursing home staff are suffering is not over, which compromises their ability to care for our elderly. Keeping frontline caregivers healthy both physically and emotionally is a priority. That’s why the Avila Institute of Gerontology continues to curate resources to give you, your staff and your residents the support you need.

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

And in case you missed it, here’s a recap of what we shared last week.

Articles and Resources

Caregiver Self-Care Guide | Institute for Human Caring
Challenging times provoke complex emotions. And as caregivers, we sometimes can’t wrap our arms around our own grief. Here’s a self-care guide from the Institute for Human Caring, just for you. Download PDF

Supporting Your Community Virtually | The Conversation Project 
How do we keep our communities connected during these extraordinary times? Here are some virtual ways to keep connections alive. Read More

The Zone: Moving Forward through Hope | The ParaDocs for the Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. 
Hope. We may hope that life goes back to the familiar. Or hope for a new way of being in the world. One thing is certain. Life as we know it is changing. In Volume 8 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti guide us in moving forward through hope, despair and uncertainty.  Read More

Advanced Care Planning Myths | T he Catholic Health Association and the Supportive Care Coalition
True or False?“I don’t need to fill out an advance directive because my loved ones know my wishes.” This and other common myths about advance Care planning debunked here. Download PDF

COVID-19 Shared Decision Making Tool | The  National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
In the age of Covid-19, when is the right time to have a conversation with your loved one about end-of-life decisions? This worksheet tool from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization will guide you on the most important criteria for having the conversation. Download PDF

Note Worthy Recordings

Having the Talk The Catholic Health Association and the Supportive Care Coalition 
Listen to this recorded presentation on advance care planning for individuals, health care providers, hospitals and health care systems. Brian Kane, Ph.D., CHA senior director of ethics, offers a description of advance care planning and CHA’s Nate Hibner, Ph.D., director of ethics, shares Catholic teachings on advance care planning. Paul Malley, president at Aging with Dignity, describes the Five Wishes advance care planning document with perspectives from Jim Towey, founder of Aging with Dignity, and Gregg VandeKieft, MD, medical director of Southwest Washington Region Palliative Care, on the practical uses of the Five Wishes document.  Watch Recording