Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
COVID-19 has caused major life disruptions. In our lifetime, we have never dealt with so many variables impacting ourselves and our families. For residents of long-term care facilities, restrictions have been imposed on visitation and on some daily activities. For family caregivers, it’s important to take care of yourself so you can be your best for others. As difficult as this pandemic is, it is important for all of us to take care of ourselves.
Two new fact sheets from the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care and the National Center on Elder Abuse – “Taking Care of You: Tips for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities” and “Taking Care of You: Tips for Family Caregivers” – provide a reference to emotions you may experience, reminders for practicing self-care, and guidance for seeking assistance. The fact sheets provide self-care tips specifically for residents of long-term care facilities and for family caregivers.
Please read and share widely! Each tip sheet would be great for your facility’s website or newsletter; you could also print and provide the tip sheet to residents currently inhouse and to caregivers via email or USPS.