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COVID-19 Resource Recap: May 5, 2020

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Planning has begun to reopen regions throughout the country. Moving forward, we still need to remain informed and vigilant about coronavirus and how it impacts long-term health care. The Avila Institute of Gerontology is continuing to curate resources and information tailored to the emotional and spiritual needs of long-term staff, residents and families.

These are stressful times. And we’re here for you. That’s why we're continuing to offer our subscribers a free in-service to address stress management for long-term care staff and caregivers. Don’t miss out! 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.

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

Worthy On-Demand Recordings to Watch

"Palliative Care Social Work and Chaplaincy During the COVID-19 Pandemic" On Demand Recording | Catholic Health Association and Supportive Care Coalition

Palliative Care patients and their loved ones are having to make difficult decisions about goals of care, often without the ability to see each other in person. How can we support and advocate for our patients and their loved ones during the pandemic? Watch this webinar that originally aired on April 23rd on “Palliative Care Social Work and Chaplaincy During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Join palliative care chaplain Sedona Montelongo, palliative care social worker Jennifer Levi, Director of Mission Services at the Catholic Health Association Carrie Meyer McGrath, and Senior Director of Mission Innovation and Integration at the Catholic Health Association Dennis Gonzales. Register and Watch Free Recording

Articles and Resources

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

Catholic universities extend hand to Catholic hospitals, healthcare staff during pandemic
| Catholic Health World 

With acute shortages of personal protective equipment for medical workers around the country, Catholic Universities are extending their time and ingenuity to find solutions. Read More

Providers Cope With Workforce Challenges
| LeadingAge

In the age of COVID-19, long term health workers—especially frontline caregivers—are working long hours and maintaining stringent health safety processes. They are also struggling with personal issues—childcare, family demands, and concerns about their own health—that this crisis creates. Read stories about how homes are making their staff’s jobs and their personal challenges easier. Read More

The Zone: Stress Management and Self-Care | The ParaDocs for the Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc.


How do we thrive in the face of ever-changing challenges of Covid-19? In the first of this new weekly guest series, Psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and Nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti guide us in navigating and calming the unprecedented stress we find ourselves facing. Read More



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.