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COVID-19 Pandemic Response Webinar Series

Posted Mar 27, 20203 min Read


COVID-19 Pandemic Response Webinar Series

The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has challenged all long-term care facilities to make modifications to their day-to-day care and services to achieve compliance with all of the Infection Control restrictions being mandated by Federal, State, and local governments.  This pandemic will have a significant impact on the psychosocial well-being of residents and staff due to the limitations on movement within the facility environment, a moratorium on visitation, and a shrinking caregiving staff as the virus continues to spread exponentially.

This three-part series of discussions offers guidance on adapting care and services to achieve compliance with regulatory directives, while maintaining quality of life for all concerned.  Three 60-minute modules address the following topics:

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic relative to quarantine and social distancing on resident and staff psycho-social well-being.
  2. Explain the importance of modifying the daily routine to ensure diversionary activity and behavioral health interventions are developed and implemented.
  3. Describe the importance of interdisciplinary communication and coordination of care.
  4. Develop improved methods for the assessment and person-centered care planning for residents with trauma-related, behavioral health needs.


Who Should Attend?

Interdisciplinary Care Plan Team, Activity/Recreation Professionals, Social Workers, Nurses, CNAs


  • IHCA/INCAL Members: Free
  • Nonmembers: $25/webinar


Session I: Addressing Stress and Anxiety Resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Now, more than ever, staff need outlets for their own stress and anxiety in order to prevent those emotions from impacting your residents. Residents who will suffer the stress of not being permitted to visit with friends and family, attend group activities or eat their meals in the dining room will cause a variety of reactions.  This session focuses on anticipating and addressing the “cabin fever” that is sure to impact everyone concerned – residents, staff, and their families.  There are some very simple things facilities can do now to avoid the mood and behavior challenges that often accompany critical events and can potentially escalate to abuse, neglect and altercations.



Session II: Modifying Therapeutic Activity and Psycho-social Services to Meet the Individual Needs of All Residents

The moratorium on visitation and social distancing within the facility environment will require a modification of therapeutic activity programming from groups to an individual focus. Likewise, social workers and psychologists will need to increase psychosocial services to residents struggling with the restrictions of this pandemic. This session explores the most efficient methods of ensuring the behavioral health needs of residents and staff are addressed successfully through improved coordination and teamwork.



Session III:  Trauma-Informed Care: Recognizing and Responding to Residents with Special Needs

The Trauma-Informed Care regulations challenge long-term care facilities to ensure that they are fully prepared to care for residents with complex psycho-social needs. As the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 Pandemic continue, residents impacted by dementia, psychiatric illness or addictions may present with increased agitation, aggression, and restlessness that may fuel elopement attempts.  This session offers guidance in assessing and modifying the interventions for residents with special needs to ensure accommodation is person-centered.

About the Author

Katie Niehoff, Director of Education