Pandemic-Related CE (Continuing Education) Topics

Helping Our Patients & Clients Avoid The Dangers of Social Isolation & Loneliness When They Are Social Distancing 

If you weren’t familiar with the term “social distancing” before this pandemic you certainly are now.  While social distancing is a critical preventive measure during this difficult time, it’s important to remember that all of us are at risk for social isolation and loneliness because of it.  This timely, interactive program will examine the dangers of social isolation and loneliness while offering ideas on how to prevent it during this period of social distancing.

Ethical Dilemmas Related to Discharging Older Adults During a Health Crisis 

Older individuals are still being discharged from hospitals and skilled care during this pandemic. Ensuring that after care needs are safely met is more critical than ever before.  What are some barriers being faced that present ethical dilemmas? What steps can healthcare professionals take to practice most ethically during this time?  Join us for this timely interactive discussion.

The psychosocial and mental health considerations of a quarantine: What exactly do we need to care plan?

In the midst of this mass hysteria, both personally and professionally, we need to focus on the effects this quarantine has on our residents/clients. From a psychosocial and mental health perspective, there are serious concerns. While trying to maintain some sense of normality, everyone is working hard to keep their head above water. Yet, it is still essential to assess the seniors’ mental health status as they experience separation from loved ones, the loss of freedom, uncertainty over disease status, and boredom. This program will offer insight to the resident/client experience to so the best individualized care plans can be developed.

Caregiving from a Distance During a Health Crisis: How to Guide Families 

Families are experiencing a new kind of stress while caregiving from a distance during this pandemic. With all the current restrictions, both older adults and their family caregivers are experiencing new challenges.  Join us for this interactive discussion to identify what caregivers are experiencing and how to best assist them in managing the new challenges of caregiving from a distance.

Life, Death and Conversation: Advance Care Planning Amongst a Healthcare Crisis 

Death and dying has always been a difficult topic for many professionals to discuss with their clients and patients. With the outbreak of Covid-19, the need for these difficult conversations are more important than ever. What are the client’s wishes?  How can a “good death” be ensured? How can healthcare professionals encourage families to have these important and timely conversations before a crisis arises? Join us for this thought provoking and interactive seminar in guiding these discussions productively and compassionately.

Recognizing and Responding To Burnout, Compassion Fatigue & Countertransference During A Healthcare Crisis

Compassion fatigue, burnout and countertransference have always existed. But this current healthcare crisis has cultivated an unprecedented climate of stress, uncertainty and truly daunting work conditions.  These factors, combined with a real or perceived lack of patience and appreciation from those we serve lead to tremendously risky situations.  How do you help a client or patient who is experiencing compassion fatigue, burnout and countertransference when they come to you for help?  What do you do if you see it in yourself, a colleague or a manager?  Join us for this candid discussion of how to handle such challenges during these extraordinary times.

Preventing Exploitation: Protecting Your Clients & Patients: Special Considerations For The Healthcare Crisis

 Exploitation of older adults in both institutional settings and the home is a major problem.  While financial exploitation happens all the time, this pandemic and the quarantine have exacerbated this issue for vulnerable populations.  Join us for this interactive program to identify who mistreats older adults and why; which older adults are most at risk; and how we can prevent exploitation.  Best practices for responding to pandemic-specific scams will also be explored.

Maintaining professionalism in the face of danger: strategies for best serving our patients and clients

As a health or mental health professional, you are taught to leave your personal issues at the door and maintain professionalism while at work. As human beings, separating ourselves from the dangers of this pandemic and our personal concerns is enormously challenging. Join us for this interactive program to discuss strategies on how to maintain professionalism and minimize countertransference so you can best serve your patients and clients during this unprecedented time.

Elder Care During The Current Healthcare Crisis

Health and mental health professionals continue to encounter unchartered territory providing services to older adult clients and patients with the current restrictions in place due to Covid-19. How do we best serve an aging population during this challenging time?  How do we support their family caregivers? What resources are available to augment our services?  Join us for this interactive training to learn how to shift our approach to help older clients reach their therapeutic goals.

Pandemic-Related Family Caregiver/Older Adult Audience Topics:

At Home with a Loved One with Dementia, Maintaining a routine while Social Distancing

The world has become acquainted overnight with the term “social distancing.”  While this pandemic prevention strategy is vital, it impacts family caregivers and patients with dementia particularly hard.  Join us for this interactive program on how to create a new routine with your loved one who has dementia.  Also discussed will be what you can glean from this difficult time about dementia and your long term caregiving strategy.

When You Are Already A Worrier:  How To Manage Anxiety During These Unprecedented Times

It’s a tense, uncertain time for everyone.  But what about the nearly 20% of our population who already suffer with an anxiety disorder?  What strategies are most effective in helping your loved one and yourself if you struggle with one of these conditions? This session will help you better understand how anxiety disorder symptoms are being triggered during this international health crisis and how to respond to yourself and your loved one compassionately.

I miss my loved one: How to cope when visits are not permitted 

Social distancing for some means no parties, no work and no social gatherings. However, for caregivers, it means that we don’t get to see our loved ones’ face to face. There are other ways to communicate and “visit” with our loved ones, but it isn’t the same or always feasible. A caregiver’s routine incorporates visits, shopping for their loved one and making sure that they get the hugs they need. This pandemic has changed our world and how we conduct life. The most vulnerable are the elderly who rely on us often. This webinar will focus on this new way of caregiving and how we can make the most out of “being there” for our loved ones in new ways.

Caregiving from a Distance During a Health Crisis: Help For Families

During this current healthcare crisis, families are experiencing a different kind of stress while caregiving, especially if they live far away. With social distancing as well as visitation restrictions in place, family caregivers do not have the ability to be as hands-on as they once were. Join us for this interactive discussion to identify the new challenges caregivers are experiencing and how to best support them during this stressful time.

Where Do We Go From Here?  Navigating The Practical & Emotional Elements of A Move to an Independent Lifestyle Post-Pandemic

Making decisions about making a move is more challenging than ever now that we are in the midst of a global health crisis.  Considering whether or not to move has become even more complicated.  Is now the right time?  Is it too soon?  Will I regret it?  What decision will offer you and your loved one the most peace of mind, wellness and safety? This provocative presentation will help you answer questions about both the pragmatic and emotional challenges of moving as we age, particularly during uncertain times.  This program will also offer strategies so older adults, adult children and other family members can have meaningful, productive conversations together to make the best decision.