Don’t believe anything your mind tells you
unless it is: I AM DOING THE BEST I CAN IN A
VERY DIFFICULT TIME. Be as kind to yourself as
you would be to your most vulnerable patient.
1.
Eat, sleep, move, go outside. Do 4 deep, mindful
breaths. Walk outside if you can. Keep nourishing
snacks accessible. Go to bed and wake up in a
normal routine. Exercise, preferably in the sunlight -
10 minutes still counts! Yes, EVERY DAY.
2.
Connect with peers. Identify a battle
buddy/buddies, preferably a peer outside your
location who knows what you’re going through. Do it
formally. Agree to minimally check in with each
other once a day to listen and validate.
3.
Recharge. Unplug. Put your phone in a phone
hotel for a set time while you spend time with family
or friends at home or virtually – every day, no
matter how brief. Watch TV, read a book – just take
a break! Check out of the 24/7 news cycle by
scheduling news hours (instead of the other way
around).
4.
Stop the anxiety loop. What we practice we
perfect. Anxiety is contagious. Now is not the time
to make negative thinking worse. Stop the cycle.
Stay in the oft-difficult present which is rarely as bad
as what we fantasize.
5.
OR SCAN ME!
Scan ME for a copy & more!
HAVE YOU CHANGED?
THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF
The pandemic has changed us all, including the people who live here.
THINGS YOU CAN DO WITHIN THE
NURSING HOME
Emphasize and demonstrate interdependence.
No team member is more important than another.
Reduce unnecessary tasks.
Empower everyone to check on patients.
Cross pollinate roles & responsibilities – dietary
can help move beds, social services staff can get
people to med carts.
We all need each other. All hands are needed on
deck, maybe in new roles.
Brainstorm, being creative and humble. There are
no bad ideas. Allow new voices to rise.
Create safe comforting spaces: resident rooms,
nursing stations.
Make EVERY interaction with residents personal
and meaningful.
Get outside/in touch with nature.
Complete a breathing exercise.
Complete a grounding exercise.
Help a resident do a favorite pastime (listen to
music, read, watch a favorite movie or TV show.)
Connect: Help residents connect to family,
friends, and/or a favorite staff member.
Obtain external resources: counseling services,
spiritual advisors, grief groups.
Potential Interventions:
THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR OTHERS
(RESIDENTS)
CHECK OUT COVID-19 RESOURCES
http://bit.ly/SchwartzCOVID
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HAPPENING RIGHT NOW?)
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