As COVID-19 restrictions ease in Virginia, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are preparing to resume in-person visits for families. Visits won’t be the same as before the pandemic, at least until the threat of coronavirus has passed. There may be limits on when, where and for how long you can see loved ones, and distancing rules will likely be in place.
State officials, AARP Virginia and other advocates are ramping up efforts to better protect nursing home residents and staff during the coronavirus pandemic and to respond to families worried about their relatives’ safety.
AARP Virginia is proud to announce a series of upcoming “Virtual Community Conversations.” The first event in this series will be with VCU Health Hub at 25th on the subject of caregiving. Regardless of what stage of family caregiving you’re at—just beginning to anticipate a need, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member full-time—having a good framework to help guide both you and your loved one will make the process easier.
On April 30th, the Resources for Integrated Care hosted a webinar titled Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults Through Times of Stress and Isolation. Recordings, slides, and other information from the event can be found here. The webinar offers strategies for supporting caregivers and their loved ones, up-to-date information on facilitating access to health and social supports from which caregivers might benefit, and practical tips for addressing the specific needs of caregivers experiencing social isolation and stress-related conditions. Speakers also share strategies that are relevant in virtual settings.
If Dr. Robert Lindsay has his way, Virginia’s “Welcome” signs would all read “Virginia is for Caregivers” instead of the famous “Virginia is for Lovers.” According to a 2015 survey, one in five Virginians serves as a caregiver in some capacity, and these numbers are likely to increase as the Baby Boomer population ages. And Dr. Lindsay, founder of the Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving, believes Virginia communities should do more to support those in caregiving roles.
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