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Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Erin Pietrak | Tuesday, April 21, 2020

To help support you during these unprecedented challenges, the Avila Institute of Gerontology has compiled resources and information to help respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of staff, residents and families. We are also offering a free in-service that addresses stress management for long-term care staff and caregivers, which you can find at the bottom of this blog post. 

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing posts on our Facebook page as well as weekly emails featuring curated resources, videos, and articles to help you stay informed and connected. We encourage you to share this information with anyone who may find it useful.

Featured Resources

The following organizations have put together excellent resource pages for those in long-term care and Catholic health care. If you are looking for specific information, please be sure to check them out.

Catholic Health Association of the United States
The leading voice in Catholic health care, CHA has a multitude of COVID-19 resources for professionals in Catholic health care. They publish articles and news releases daily, offer webinars and provide links to critical resources covering a number of important topics in Catholic health care.

Supportive Care Coalition
The Supportive Care Coalition is a great source for information on palliative care. They have also put together a compilation of COVID-19 resources, including linked websites, articles and webinars.

National Association of Catholic Chaplains
A great source for chaplains and other health care professionals for resources on spirituality and end-of-life challenges that COVID-19 may present for elders and others living in the long-term care setting.

Articles of Interest

Running Essential Errands | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Are staff and loved ones worried about completing basic daily tasks, such as grocery shopping, accepting deliveries and takeout orders, or getting gas? To assist with these tasks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance on "how to meet these household needs in a safe and healthy manner." Read More

COVID Ready Communication Playbook | VitalTalk

Have you been faced with a situation where a resident is worried that they might be infected with COVID-19? If yes, how did you respond? If not, have you prepared a response in case you were faced with that situation? VitalTalk’s "COVID Ready Communication Playbook” offers suggested responses for various COVID-19 concerns that caregivers might hear their residents communicate. The scripted dialogue can help health care professionals respond more effectively to their residents and families during these unprecedented times.Read More

Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We frequently hear the terms “social distancing,”“quarantine,” and/or “isolation.” If you are interested in a refresher on differentiating the terms or understanding more about what steps to take if you suspect you or someone in your home may have been exposed to COVID-19, check out the following resource from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Read More

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has recommended the use of cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of coronavirus. This has led to an uptick in homemade solutions, but is it effective? To support efficacy, the CDC issued the following guidance on sewing, wearing, and sterilizing cloth face coverings. Read More

Free Webinar Series

Now through Thursday, May 28, The Catholic Health Association and Georgetown University are offering a free weekly webinar series 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).”

Watch the first webinar recording here.

Register for the rest of the free series here.

Help Staff Manage Stress

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.

Remember to connect with us on Facebook. We’ll be posting additional resources on our page relate COVID-19, plus more valuable resources to keep you, your residents and your staff thriving. 


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.