Mental Health in Assisted Living

Angie Szumlinski News

Serious mental illness is quite possibly one of the largest growing health concerns in our communities. I have recently had several clients reach out to ask about suicide prevention/self-harm best practices, policies, and protocols. It made me stop and think, do we have a bigger problem with mental health than we are willing to acknowledge? So, I did a little …

New Medication for Schizophrenia and Bipolar I

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

On June 1, 2021, Aklermes announced FDA approval of LYBALVI™ for the treatment of schizophrenia and Bipolar I disorder. The following was published as part of their press release announcement: “Schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder are complex, chronic diseases and there remains a persistent need for new medications with proven efficacy and safety. Olanzapine, a highly-efficacious atypical antipsychotic, is associated …

National Safety Council

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

The National Safety Council offers resources for you and your team of caregivers as we evolve from pandemic to the “new normal”. These resources include training regarding substance abuse, how to ask for help at work, a prevention checklist for employees, webinars on managing mental health, etc. Their website explains that “the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the mental health and …

The Emotional PPE Project

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, and our healthcare workers have faced unimaginable challenges and risks. It is no surprise that many employees in healthcare will need help with the mental aftermath of what they have experienced. The Emotional PPE Project is extending a hand by welcoming “any worker in a healthcare-related field that is …

Sing!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Researchers have made new discoveries on the benefits of choir singing which may include positive effects on cognitive functioning, similar to playing a musical instrument! The cognitive benefits of playing an instrument are already fairly well known; such activity can improve cognitive flexibility, or the ability to regulate and switch focus between different thought processes. However, the cognitive benefits of …

More Than COVID

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, a share that has been largely consistent, up from one in …

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 …