Review: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, meaningful communication between family caregivers and residents of long-term care facilities is imperative

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Review: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, meaningful communication between family caregivers and residents of long-term care facilities is imperative

Review: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, meaningful communication between family caregivers and residents of long-term care facilities is imperative

This article suggests that federal and state government as well as long-term care facilities should ensure meaningful communication in care settings to reduce negative mental health effects stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Older adults in long-term care facilities are at greater risk for severe consequences from COVID-19, and family caregivers are the most trusted allies for those residents. With recent federal guidelines restricting family visitation, residents have experienced even greater isolation. The authors argue that even with the lack of allowable physical visitation, government officials and facility administrators should work to ensure ongoing family communication and engagement. They recommend specific actions to enable this meaningful communication including strengthening nursing home-family caregiver communication channels, activating family councils, mobilizing students and trainees, and encouraging family members to manage their own personal safety and health.

|2020-07-23T08:03:37-04:00July 23rd, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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