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! …