Compassion Satisfaction or Compassion Fatigue

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Patients and families desire compassionate care from healthcare providers. In today’s healthcare environment, challenges exist for all providers, including nurses, with balancing the delivery of consistent, compassionate care and maintaining a professional quality of life (QOL) that incorporates overall wellness and a healthy work environment. Professional QOL incorporates positive and negative aspects. An important positive aspect is compassion satisfaction (CS) …

Be Alert – Be Aware

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Social isolation – a measure of an individual’s social contact and networks, is detrimental to health and well-being. Two researchers (Berkman and Syme) developed the “Social Network Index, a summary measure of social isolation derived from several components: Marital status Participation in church groups and other groups Number and frequency of contact with close friends/relatives They found that men and …

Mental Health During Pandemic

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists into late 2020, findings from the new NSHAP-COVID Study show that many older adults are resuming in-person interactions. Older adults who are known to be at higher risk for COVID-19 would be expected to be particularly careful about potential exposure to the virus. Yet the data show that 53% of older adults report no change …

Welcoming Back Nursing Home Visitors

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Reopening America’s nursing homes to visitors is of critical importance as many residents continue to sustain severe and potentially irreversible consequences from lack of human contact, especially with family caregivers. The CDC nursing home guidelines published as of June 2020 are confusing and lack detail with respect to visitors and essential family caregivers. While the evidence concerning COVID-19 is still …

Communicate Openly

Angie Szumlinski Health, Training

During this pandemic and beyond, we see that the stress put on our caregivers and staff has increased dramatically. We have added new policies, revised existing policies, and required staff to take on additional documentation and tasks throughout their shift. All of these changes can and have proven to increase their level of stress. As a leader, are you aware …

Senior Depression – Not Seeking Care

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Can you believe that 1 in 3 respondents age 65+ think they can just “snap out of it” when asked about their symptoms of depression? A new nationwide poll, the GeneSight Mental Health Monitor, shows that nearly two-thirds (61%) of Americans age 65 or older who have concerns about having depression will not seek treatment! “The ‘pull yourself up by …

Alexa – To The Rescue

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

From the early days of Alexa, customers have loved the simplicity of the voice service. With the current state of the pandemic, loneliness and managing day-to-day tasks can be overwhelming for seniors. Alexa has become a companion for many allowing them to feel more confident about living independently. We have also observed residents in senior living using this device to …

They Are All Heroes

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Vitas Healthcare, a hospice provider in 14 states and the District of Columbia, has created occasional “virtual blessing services” on Zoom for staff at nursing homes and assisted living centers. “We thank them for their service and a chaplain gives words of encouragement” said Robin Fiorelli, Vitas’ senior director of bereavement and volunteers. They have also been holding virtual memorials …

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Mental Health – You, Your Family and Your Kids!

Angie Szumlinski Health

As we navigate the unknown of COVID-19 we hear a lot of stories about weight gain, increased consumption of alcohol, lack of motivation, sleep disturbances, and anxiety. As the days get longer, daylight keeps us awake later and our sleep cycles are disrupted. Add to that, many parents are now sharing their bed with 1-2 extra “bodies”, yes, their kids! …