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Behavioral health needs for residents impacted by social isolation and other facility restrictions continues to grow as COVID-19 persists throughout the nation. Due to these lengthened restrictions, SNF and AL/IL residents are experiencing drastic changes to their daily routines and therapy sessions, therefore negatively impacting their mental, physical and psychosocial well-being.

Fortunately, there are strategies that can help a facility combat the effects of social isolation – allowing therapists to continue providing vital services to one of the nation’s most vulnerable populations and enabling patients to remain on track to reach their recovery goals.

5 Strategies to Help Combat the Rise in Behavioral Health Needs

Key strategies include:

  • Streamlining staff communication efforts relating to resident health status, keeping the entire facility updated on new precautions
  • Educating staff on how to identify risks of isolation, optimal ways to interact with residents who might be impacted by social isolation, and how to adapt care to best serve this population
  • Engaging residents through innovative technology that can virtually connect them with loved ones and track their recovery progress throughout COVID-19 and beyond
  • Providing ongoing assessments of resident health to determine individualized strategies of care to achieve the best possible outcomes
  • Incorporating rehab therapy with the latest safety practices so residents can maintain a level of happiness, health and improved quality of life

Following these strategies will allow staff members to better identify and treat those impacted by social isolation, in turn, improving facility and patient outcomes. In addition to these essential strategies, RehabCare has introduced their latest program, Hope Conquers, to help partners effectively implement behavioral health services into their facility – alleviating the burden of creating a program in-house.

Hope Conquers is a comprehensive behavioral health program that trains administrative, clinical and support staff members through a five-tiered approach. This program begins with the identification and evaluation of patients with behavioral health diagnoses to determine their highest functioning level for daily living, with the goal of providing person-centered care that leads to each individual functioning at the highest mental, physical and psycho-social level.

Read our latest White Paper, “Strategies to Combat the Rise of Behavioral Health Issues due to Social Isolation” to learn more.

By RehabCare