- Ask loved ones about their appetites, sleep patterns and moods to find red flags
- Find creative ways to connect while still being physically apart
- Arrange a few unprompted acts of kindness
The geriatric population, those who are 65 years and older, has been widely noted as among the most at risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. Physical distancing has been the critical measure in the prevention and spread of infection within this age group.
However, while the physical health of the geriatric population has certainly been a topic of discussion during the COVID-19 pandemic, how has this period of isolation impacted the mental well-being of these individuals?
“Loneliness amongst the older population will be a much more insidious cause of casualty than we previously realized,” says Matthew L Russell, MD, a geriatrician and palliative care specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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We SCREEN to protect you, your families, and our staff:
- We screen all employees daily for symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of a possible respiratory illness is not allowed to work until they are better.
- We screen visitors to our hospital and physicians’ offices for symptoms. Any visitor with symptoms is restricted from entering our hospitals or physicians’ offices.
- We test and screen patients for COVID-19.
- Admitted patients to our hospital are tested for COVID-19 prior to admission and then screened for symptoms each day of their hospital stay.
- Patients visiting our hospital campus and physicians’ offices for clinic appointments are screened for symptoms prior to their visit and again upon arrival. If symptomatic, patients are cared for via virtual visits or in designated areas where we use personal protective equipment (PPE) recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
We CLEAN our hands and spaces and make it easy for you to do the same:
- We have increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning of all high touch areas throughout our institutions.
- We require frequent hand-cleaning and have added hand sanitizer stations so patients and staff can clean their hands easily and frequently.
We PROTECT everyone in our environment:
- We require all people — employees, patients, and visitors — at our facility to wear a mask.
- We have rearranged spaces to accommodate physical distancing and prevent transmission of infections, and in some high-use areas, installed plexiglass barriers.
- We limit visitors coming into our hospital and physicians’ offices.
Ugne Aleknaite and Gretchen Buchmann from the Swim Across America Nantucket Infusion Center at NCH provide an update on how their department has continued to provide care and services to some of our most vulnerable patients during the coronavirus pandemic.