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Coronavirus: 75% of social workers feeling more negative about their work-life than last year, survey finds

Community Care

Community Care survey captures pandemic's harsh impact, with 70% of practitioners reporting worsening mental health while majorities say size and complexity of workload have increased as need mounts. 92% felt the period since the start of the first national lockdown in March had driven increased levels of need among people they support, taking into account changes to society as a whole and to social work practice. 65% were satisfied with how their service had responded and adapted to the ongoing pandemic context, including via implementing practice changes. More than eight in 10 social workers said they were still home working by default and were using technology to replace meetings and visits.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidance for family and friends (informal carers) who support people in their own homes

Health Service Executive

This guidance has been developed to help carers and people who are cared for on how to protect each other from COVID-19. It is also intended to help healthcare workers who advise people who provide care about how to keep safe from infection. It sets out the steps that carers need to take before and during their visit to the person they care for.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care home visitor testing guidance

Scottish Government

Coronavirus (COVID-19) adult care home visitor testing guidance which forms part of the Test and Protect Pathways Programme. The Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Test and Protect Pathways Programme has expanded testing to include care home visitors. Currently this is aimed at designated visitors, i.e. a family member or friend chosen by the resident to visit them indoors. This webpage contains guidance and materials to support care homes to implement visitor testing.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care homes guidance

Scottish Government

This guidance sets out how care home visiting may be gradually increased while minimising risks to residents, staff and visitors. There are two main sets of guidance for care homes, focussed on resuming: visiting by friends and family; visits into the home by volunteers, spiritual/faith representatives and professionals; wellbeing activities. The guidance recommends care homes take a staged approach to resuming visiting. In addition, the guidance sets out actions to mitigate risks to residents, visitors and staff. For all care homes, regardless of Covid status, essential visits should be generously supported where possible to do so safely, without a defined time limit.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

The challenges of COVID‐19 for people with dementia with Lewy bodies and family caregivers

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Commentary. During the current SARS‐CoV‐2 pandemic dementia has been identified as disproportionally common in adults aged over 65 who develop severe COVID‐19. This perspective makes three key points: the physical, cognitive and neuropsychiatric challenges associated with dementia with Lewy bodies make people particularly vulnerable to COVID‐19; adverse effects may also occur from social isolation, the under‐treatment of existing DLB related symptoms/problems and the negative impact on caregivers and; a vigilant multi‐disciplinary approach is needed to meet the health and psychosocial needs of people with DLB and support family caregivers.

Last updated on hub: 21 December 2020

Adherence of home‐based Wu Qin Xi programs during the COVID‐19 epidemic in Shanghai

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Details of an exercise intervention published in a letter to the editor. Home‐based exercise programs are widely accepted to improve immunity and prevent infection at home. In the COVID‐19 epidemic particular situation, home‐based exercise programs play a key part in immunity enhancement as well as infection prevention. Authorities selected the Wu Qin Xi (WQX) exercises program because it can can improve the cognitive function, anxiety, depression, sleeping, and balance ability in elderly people. This study investigated the exercise adherence with a sample of 1500 participants. Findings: An important component facilitating the optimal effectiveness of exercise programs is a high level of exercise adherence. Conclusion: is that WQX exercise program was found to be an home‐exercise program that achieves high adherence in elderly adults who lived in these communities during outbreak of the COVID‐19 epidemic in Shanghai.

Last updated on hub: 21 December 2020

Stress‐buffering role of social support during COVID‐19

Family Process

In order to reduce the high infection rate of COVID‐19, individuals began to engage in self‐isolation amid a time of uncertainty and worry. Given that social support can be protective against the negative effects of distress on mental and physical health, the lack of support may negatively impact individuals during their self‐isolation. Thus, the current study examined the role of self‐isolation on feelings of stress, the perception and reception of social support, and mental health problems during the COVID‐19 pandemic. A sample of 405 college students were asked to report on the amount of self‐isolation in which they were engaging, worry about COVID‐19, psychological health, and received and perceived social support. Results indicated that when the length of time in self‐isolation was taken into account, perceived social support buffered the connection between worry about COVID‐19 and psychological health. These results indicate that social support, worry about COVID‐19, and self‐isolation may influence individuals’ psychological health during times of stress.

Last updated on hub: 21 December 2020

Long-term care settings in the times of COVID-19: challenges and future directions

International Psychogeriatrics

Commentary that makes the point that long-term care settings (LTCS) encompasses settings that provide a range of services to meet older persons’ needs for social, personal, and/or health care. Discusses the reasons why long-term care institutions as a high-risk environment for older adults during the COVID-19 outbreak; emotional threats to older adults in long-term care settings during the COVID-19 outbreak; the emotional threats to long-term care staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. Also considers what should we do next?

Last updated on hub: 21 December 2020

Social work, mental health, older people and COVID-19

International Psychogeriatrics

This commentary explores the work of social work in Ireland in addressing the impact of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) crisis on older people in general, and older people who have an enduring mental illness.

Last updated on hub: 21 December 2020

Lockdown learnings

My Home Life

A visual mindmap sharing the reflections of care homes staff on their experience of the pandemic and lockdown. The thoughts of 12 care home managers and activity coordinators from the Care Home Friends and Neighbours North West London project were gathered by My Home Life England during online and telephone interviews in the summer of 2020. Staff were asked to reflect on ‘what they could be proud of’ in terms of how their care homes managed during the challenging months of lockdown due to COVID-19. The learnings focus on: preparing for increased role in end of life and supporting bereaved families; maintaining connections between team members; maintaining relationships between residents and relatives; and maintaining and developing community connections.

Last updated on hub: 21 December 2020

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