A recent study from North Carolina State University and Georgia Tech found that healthcare workers in the United States are struggling with significant mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. While all healthcare workers are at risk, one key feature of caregivers in a seniors housing and care setting is that many of these caregivers have spent months, if not years, developing relationships with the residents they serve and their families. This means the emotional toll experienced by these staff may be that much more overwhelming.
Late last month, NIC’s Leadership Huddle webinar, “From Pro Sports to Senior Care: Innovations in Testing, Tech, and Protection,” offered a glimpse into the future of COVID-19 testing with a discussion of the saliva-based test under development at Yale University and funded by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued an emergency use authorization approval allowing public use of the test.
Contact tracing has emerged as a first-line defense at senior living communities in the fight against the pandemic. Knowing who has tested positive for COVID-19 and being able to identify their contacts has helped to keep community outbreaks in check.