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Instructions on the Proper Use of PPE

Posted by Laura Silverstein in Caregiver Corner

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is reserved, for the most part, for health care workers and other individuals working in a healthcare environment. During this unprecedented time, everyone is using PPE to protect themselves from COVID-19. Everyday use of PPE for non-health care workers usually includes a face covering and gloves. PPE use for healthcare workers can include a face covering, eye protection, a gown or protective “suit” and gloves. 

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You Are the Heroes in Our Homes

Posted by Kelly La Rosa in Caregiver Corner

To our valued front line workers,

We want to thank you for your courage and perseverance as you journey into work in the face of the current pandemic. We are proud to have you as a part of our team and want to thank you for sticking by us at this very challenging time.

For this purpose, we have put together this tribute to YOU — the home health aides and nurses of New York City — who go out in the field, day after day. 

Thank you for your tireless efforts and bravery. You are the Heroes In Our Homes!

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Helping Those in Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Grace Townley-Lott in Health & Lifestyle

Sitting at home day after day can not only become monotonous; it can take a toll on us emotionally and physically. The stress of hearing the news from outside, combined with the stress of home confinement, can weigh on us, and you may start feeling run down. 

It's important to find some meaning in your days to combat feelings of apathy. What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you going when you start feeling down? If you're searching for more meaning, you might find it in helping others during this time. 

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Cognitive Impairment During the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by Laura Silverstein in Alzheimer's & Dementia

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected situations and stress for people worldwide. Individuals with cognitive impairment, such as dementia, may encounter even more significant challenges due to their diagnosis. Dementia caregivers need to address this new normal with their clients and loved ones carefully. 

Dementia has not been identified as a risk factor for COVID-19, just like dementia does not increase the risk for flu or pneumonia. But, dementia-related behaviors and challenges can increase risk. Some of these include increased age, comorbidity -the presence of more than one illness present in the same person at the same time-, non-adherence to medication or treatment plans, and other common issues. 

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Lack of Pet Care Shouldn’t Prevent Your Medical Treatment

Posted by Grace Townley-Lott in Health & Lifestyle

The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing many issues to light, particularly around healthcare and hospitalization. Many people don’t think about preparing for admission to the hospital until it’s too late. It’s imperative to do this ahead of time. Now is the perfect time to gather your medical records, health care proxy, power of attorney, and plan for pet care if needed.

First, create a go-bag full of extra supplies for your pet, in case someone needs to care for your animal. Include extra food, medications, a leash/harness, a pet carrier, pet waste supplies (litter/litter box or plastic bags), and medical/vaccination records. New York City has created a document that helps you plan for your pet in case of an emergency.

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Fostering Human-Animal Connections during COVID-19

Posted by Jodie Berman, CTRS in Alzheimer's & Dementia

While physically distancing from loved ones can be challenging, people are finding ways to remain socially connected even while being apart. Animals and their impact on our lives offer a variety of therapeutic value, improving our health and happiness and play a significant role in creating caring environments. Those of us who own pets or have lived with animals know they bring us so much joy and unconditional love. Animals make us laugh and smile in addition to providing comfort when we are sick or upset.

The therapeutic use of animals is a broad concept that includes phrases like animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted activities, companion animals, resident animals, and service animals. Those of us who own animals have our pet names and consider our animals to be a member of our family. The use of animals to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, including those living with dementia, have a wide variety of benefits. There are benefits of animal-assisted Interactions for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related illnesses such as:

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