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COVID-19 Resource Recap: May 20, 2020

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

While the Coronavirus curve continues to decline, our nursing homes and our elderly remain the most vulnerable. Protecting them is top priority. The Avila Institute of Gerontology will continue to source and share credible resources to help you navigate these challenges and keep residents and staff safe.


If you haven’t already, download your free in-service kit, which addresses stress management for long-term care staff and caregivers. 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.

Articles and Resources

Advanced Directives: Points for Having the Talk | Supportive Care Coalition and Catholic Health Association

Even in the best of times, it can be challenging to get Americans to discuss and document their end-of-life wishes. With the elderly being the most vulnerable during the pandemic, now is the time to have tough conversations with loved ones. Here’s a guide from the Catholic Health Association for having the talk.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes | Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Register for this daily 20-minute National Nursing Home Huddle to provide real-time, pragmatic solutions that can be implemented in nursing homes today to solve many of the key problems brought about or exacerbated by COVID-19. Learn More and Register

The Zone: Frustration and Anger | The ParaDocs for the Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.

In Volume 4 of this guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti give us tips on how to reign in and mitigate anger’s effect our bodies and minds, while pushing us to be the best versions of ourselves.  Read More

The Zone: Resilience and Finding New Strength | The ParaDocs for the Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.

In Volume 5 of this guest series,Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti give us mindset tips on how to cope with irreversible change despite barriers and setbacks. 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

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.