This year, getting vaccinated against the flu is more important than ever. Annual flu shots protect us against the three or four influenza virus strains that have been determined to be the most common during the upcoming flu season. The influenza (flu) shot is a vaccine given with a needle, usually in the arm, and is the best way to protect yourself and others from contracting the flu each year.
As the Coronavirus has ravaged our nation's nursing homes, it's also exacerbated a problem many residents already faced: isolation. As a previous nursing home social worker, I've seen the positive impact of visitors, whether they were families, friends, or entertainers. Visitors brought smiles to our residents' faces, and the good feelings remained long after visitors left.
However, as COVID-19 continues to prevent in-person visits, many nursing homes are looking for new ways to keep their residents connected with their families. I've found a few creative ideas that nursing homes can keep these connections strong:
New York is enjoying a significant decrease in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. True Care encourages everyone to continue to carefully follow all infection control precautions and social distancing. We want to remind everyone to remain vigilant so we can continue to see an improvement in the number of COVID-19 infections.
This year our memory care program, True Bridge, started participating in The Gratitude Project. The idea behind this project is for clients and caregivers to "Take 5 minutes each day and write down, record, or draw 3 things for which you are grateful."
Although there is no clear origin as to how journaling gratitude began, it is a concept that has been around for almost 20 years. "The research behind gratitude is very clear; having a simple and regular gratitude practice can have surprising, profound effects on our lives," says Dr. Lauren Tober in this video.
According to Psychology Today, there are at least 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude. They are:
True Care is an essential business, and we have remained fully operational since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked diligently to stay up to date and compliant with all COVID-19 regulations and requirements as they become available from our governing body, the Department of Health. At this time, True Care is meeting and exceeding all State and Federal COVID-19 regulations.
As we continue to send caregivers into homes, we want to share our COVID-19 protocols, to inform you of our safety precautions.
With all regions in the state now in either Phase 2, 3, or 4 of the reopening plan we are happy to return to some of the activities that we have missed over the last four months. However, it is still important that we remain vigilant in our COVID-19 prevention practices so New York State can continue to enjoy a decrease in infections and hospitalizations.
True Care remains open Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM, as we have been since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call our COVID-19 hotline 929-474-9322, and we will address your questions and concerns.