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Social isolation and quarantine are having a major impact on behavioral health in SNF and AL/IL facilities. In a recent webinar, RehabCare uncovered the major impacts and offered strategies to combat its effects. According to the webinar, since the implementation of social isolation measures, stress in seniors has risen 70% while the suicide rate in older adults currently sits at 18% of all suicides nationwide. The list of drastic statistics continues to grow as residents feel the effects of isolation, in turn affecting levels of mobility, brain cognition, mood, depression and more.

RehabCare Details Impacts of Social Isolation on Behavioral Health

The effects of isolation will not conclude when restrictions are lifted; rather, the impacts left behind from COVID-19 will have long-lasting effects, because it has been noted that pandemics are a form of trauma. Additionally, the short- and long-term effects cannot always be solved with traditional rehab; therefore, the integration of behavioral health education and programs is vital for a facility to care for its residents both mentally and physically.

RehabCare also announced its newest initiative, Hope Conquers, a comprehensive behavioral health program that trains administrative, clinical and support staff members utilizing a five-tiered approach. The program begins with the identification and evaluation of people with behavioral health diagnoses to determine their highest functioning level for daily living. Through this program, facilities will be able to optimize resident care, improve socialization with other residents, educate staff on how to interact with residents experiencing behavioral health issues and more – without the burden of running the program in house.

Click here to stream the full webinar and discover strategies, education and communication skills a facility can integrate into its current operations to improve resident’s physical and psychosocial well-being.

RehabCare is committed to creating programs that offer vital solutions for facilities and their residents and will continue to work toward generating positive patient outcomes pertaining to behavioral health as facilities work through this challenging time.

By RehabCare