Food for the Soul

Messages to inspire and support caregivers.

Manage Your Caregiver Stress During COVID-19

Contributed by:  Second Wind Dreams®

Caring for an older person is a lot of work in the best of times.
Here are a few tips for managing caregiver stress during this time.

Pathways to Stillness:  Stress, Energy Levels, Perspective, and our Spirit in the Face of Covid-19

Contributed by: Person Centred Universe

For us care professionals working in long term care, this is a tremendously stressful time. There are so many changes in such a short space of time, and compromises in how we would like to deliver quality care. For our own wellbeing, as well as relationships with elders in our care, our colleagues, and loved ones at home, it is vital that we are each able to preserve our energy, perspective, and spirits.

Join us on Wednesday, May 27th as we discuss and share know-how and practical examples on using stillness as a technique throughout each day to stay in touch with what brings you joy, and how you can continuously harness that as we navigate the uncharted waters of Covid-19.

Our hope is that following the session you can begin to actively use stillness techniques to help cope with the added pressures of our new reality.

Simple Activities for Stressful Times

Contributed by:  Java Group Programs, Inc

A 12-Minute webinar offering 5 practical activities for anyone to help reduce worry and create calm for themselves, and among those that they are supporting.

Click here

Covid-19 Support and Resources

Contributed by: Health Professions Press

Check out their support and complementary resources including

Take Charge of Your Well-Being and Wellness!

Contributed by:  AAPACN, American Association of Post Acute Care Nursing

AAPACN provide resources, tools, and community connections to help you take action to reverse burnout and promote wellness for LTPAC professionals.

Articles in Senior Dining News

Contributed by: Senior Dining Associates (SDA)

9 Ideas for Improving Mental Health Among Seniors During Covid-19

Communicating with Families and Friends
Contributed by: Garvey Manor & Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence

Communicating with families, residents and staff has never been more important than it is right now as together we face the challenges of living through this COVID-19 crisis.  They are sending out weekly email blasts to families, to inform, to say hello and keep them calm.

Click here to see an example of their latest newsletter.

Tips for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia
Contributed by:  Validation Training Institute

In this 5-part series for Caregivers, you will find easy Validation tips to help you cope.

Blessings from the Heart of Berkley
Contributed by: Barry Barkan, Co-Founder, Pioneer Network

Caring for Yourself as You Care for Others:  Guidance for Worker
Contributed by: Anna Ortigara, Organizational Change Consultant, PHI

What to do in Stressful Times
Contributed by: Dr.Susan Wehry, MD

Remember the Often Forgotten Workers in LTC
Contributed by: Joanne Rader, Co-Founder Pioneer Network, Consultant

Ideas for Supporting Staff
Contributed by: Jenni Dill, Director of Life Enrichment at Chelsea Place Memory Care

Two minute video, sharing ideas for things being done to support staff

Re-Thinking Word Choice During This Pandemic
Contributed by:  Planetree International / Language of Caring

Suggestions for language to support healthcare teams in shifting from “war-speak” to language that reflects the realities of what we are living through while continuing to provide assurance, compassion, and comfort.

Bucket List

Contributed by: Becca Zemanovic, Doctor of Occupational Therapy student, St. Ambrose University

Becca has created a very simple daily bucket list that Elders can use to stay connected with their loved ones. Most require only a phone or television.