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COVID-19 Resource Recap: May 14, 2020

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Wednesday, May 13, 2020

As Covid-19 continues to impact our most vulnerable – the elderly – the Avila Institute of Gerontology is committed to sharing resources and information from our most trusted sources. We’re also committed to nourishing you emotionally and spiritually with guided meditation, poetry, and practical wisdom to stay calm and steady.

To support you, we’re offering our subscribers a free in-service to address stress management for long-term care staff and caregivers. If you haven’t already, you can find the link at the bottom of this email to download your in-service kit.

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.

Articles and Resources

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 | Department of Labor
To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it’s vital for all employers to plan now. How are you preparing your workforce? Here are some guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Learn More

Moving Forward with Grief with Susan David | Supportive Care Coalition
Fear, boredom, confusion, grief – we’re all feeling a lot right now. How do we cope with our heightened emotions during this global pandemic?Susan David – a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of Emotional Intelligence – is here to offer us strategies. Recognizing the cumulative and collective grief we’re all facing, Susan offers this short talk on moving through, not avoiding, our feelings of loss and sadness. Read More

The Art of Being Present with James Finley | Supportive Care Coalition
How do you become present to others? It all starts with being present to yourself. Listen to Psychologist and former Trappist monk James Finley talk about the art of being present. Read More

The Zone, Vol 2: Where are We Going? | The ParaDocs for the Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.
What does the future hold? What is the new normal? And how can we collaborate with uncertainty to co-create our future? In Volume 2 of this ongoing guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen E. Battisti share their wisdom on embracing the unknown to reimagine and reinvent our own futures.  Read More  

 The Zone, Vol 3: Your Feelings are Valid | The ParaDocs for the Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.
As stay-at-home orders stretch on, you might be experiencing a cascade of emotions ranging from grief, anxiety, fear, anger, and loneliness. In Volume 3 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti guide us in honoring our feelings and using them as a path to self-discovery and healing. Read More

Poetry for a Pandemic with the First American Youth Poet Laureate | Supportive Care Coalition
“The question isn't if we will weather this unknown, but how we will weather this unknown together.” Listen to Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman’s words of hope for the pandemic. Read More

Upcoming Webinars

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

The Relationship Between Staffing and Census: How to Tie Staff Levels to Your Census | Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. and the National Religious Retirement Office
Tuesday, May 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, join Denise Gannon and Bill Slater of CSJ Initiatives and learn how to evaluate your staffing budget. During this webinar Denise and Bill will address staffing concerns in times of crisis, with special attention to the current COVID-19 situation. (The live webinar is free for all religious, please contact us for more information. The on-demand recording will be available for free for all after the event.) Learn More and Register

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.