2020 EPN COVID-19 Webinar Series 


Webinar Recording: PPE for Home-Based Care - It's NOT Easy 
Webinar Slides: PPE for Home-Based Care Slide Deck

Summary:  Dr. Amy Schiffman discussed the role of PPE, addressing challenges unique to home-based care, success stories, and our pathways forward. There are so many questions without clear answers and best practices aren't always clearly defined for our industry. The complexities of acquiring and utilizing personal protective equipment in the COVID pandemic have challenged health care organizations and agencies that serve home-based clients. There is a real imperative to protect staff, patients, and clients.

 

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Misinformation - What you don't know CAN hurt you
Summary:  Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick from Dr. Lisa on the Street and Ama Adepa Gryn, an experienced home care CNA, discussed community misinformation about COVID-19 and how what you don't know it CAN hurt or even kill you.  Home health aides, CNAs, nurses, therapists, and administrators joined the Webinar for this important discussion. 


Webinar Recording: Understanding N95 & Other Respirator Fit Testing for Home Care

Video 1-Demo Weak Solution Only - Dr. Roy McKay

Video 2-Demo Fit Test Strong Solution - Dr. Roy McKay


Summary: During the presentation Dr. Roy McKay explained the different types of N95 and other respirator fit testing available for use with home care. Because not all facepieces used in home care are fit-tested, a brief description of face masks and respirators was presented. Questions answered during the presentation included: Why conduct a fit test? What types of fit tests are available? What does a fit test look like? How long does it take? And where can I get a fit test done? 


Webinar Recording: COVID-19 & Chronic Conditions at Home - Looking Through Two Lenses

Webinar Slides: COVID-19 & Chronic Conditions at Home - Looking Through Two Lenses

Summary:  Dr. Mitchell provided an overview of COVID-19 and the public health response in Maryland, and discussed how home health care providers can best serve their patients in these challenging circumstances.

As COVID-19 continues to circulate, home health care providers face two challenges.  First, they must keep themselves and their patients safe from COVID-19.  Second, and equally challenging, they must evaluate clinically the ways in which COVID-19 could complicate the care of their patients if they become infected.  Even mild infections carry significant risks for people with comorbid conditions, and home health care providers must evaluate both risks and appropriate responses on a daily basis.  


Webinar Recording: Dementia Symptom Assessment and Management during Lockdown

Webinar Slide Presentation: Dementia Management Under Lockdown

Summary: This session described strategies to assess and manage symptoms experienced by individuals with dementia who are receiving home care during the COVID-19 era.  Information provided included innovative ideas to enhance communication, conduct visits while maintaining physical distance, and maintain physical function during lockdown.

Objectives:

At the end of this session, the participants were able to:

1.  Describe strategies to assess and manage symptoms experienced by individuals with dementia who are receiving home care during the COVID-19 era.

2.  Discuss innovative interventions to enhance communication, safely conduct in person visits, and maintain physical function during home restrictions.


Webinar Recording: Pressure Injuries during COVID-19 - Prevention and Management  

Webinar Slide Presentation: Pressure Injuries during COVID-19 - Prevention and Management

Summary: In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective skin and wound care is more important than ever before. In this presentation, Dr. Madhuri Reddy reviewed evidence-based prevention and management of pressure injuries for older adults. The session helped attendees make sure that their home health agency pressure injury care and management strategies are  informed by evidence!


Webinar Recording: PPE - Show Me Yours and I'll Show You Mine!

Webinar Slide Presentation: PPE - Show Me Yours and I'll Show You Mine!

Summary: Celeste Wooten, a CNA with over 20 years of experience,  shared stories from the field (good, bad and ugly!) and showed just what goes on in the wacky, wonderful world of PPE! It was an interactive session, where CNAs in the audience had the opportunity to get directly involved and even show off their own PPE prowess!  Attendees learned why we need PPE, scenarios that call for the use of PPE, and how to don and doff PPE correctly.


Webinar Recording: Dealing with Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults During COVID-19

Video 1: COVID-19 and the Elderly, Dr. Alan Abrams

Summary: Social connectivity is a critical part of our overall health, especially for older adults living with functional impairments. COVID-19 has made it increasingly difficult for both family members and caregiving professionals to meet that need for connection creating significant health risks for the older adults in our care. 

Dr. Alan Abrams, a Harvard geriatrician with more than 40 years of experience caring for older adults in the home and in facilities, discussed how to recognize and overcome the social isolation that is devastating the quality of life of so many older adults during the pandemic. 


Webinar Recording: Stress Management for Homecare Clinicians During COVID

Webinar Slide Presentation: Stress Management for Homecare Clinicians During COVID

Additional Resource:  Mental Health Resources for Health Workers

Summary: Our work and lives are increasingly stressful. Dealing with too much stress can harm our health, relationships at home and at work, and lead to burnout. Dr. Elizabeth Galik  discussed issues of stress and strategies for stress management and self-care for both clinicians and administrators during these challenging times. She presented how to distinguish stress from burnout and serious psychiatric conditions and implement action and emotion-oriented stress management approaches.


Webinar Recording: Understanding Mental Distress Among Children Receiving Homecare during COVID-19

Webinar Slide Presentation: Understanding Mental Distress Among Children Receiving Homecare during COVID-19

Summary: Dr. Kalb discussed mental health among children during the COVID-19 pandemic. He reviewed how to support children who are vulnerable during this difficult time. The session looked at the lives and emotional health of children who require care at home, particularly those with developmental disabilities and how the pandemic is affecting children of all abilities. 


Webinar Recording: Post-COVID Clinical Considerations in the Home

Webinar Slide Presentation: Post-COVID Clinical Considerations in the Home 

Presentation Introduction Slides: Post-COVID Clinical Considerations in the Home Introduction

Summary: Dr. Teodosio discussed the clinical considerations for providing home health care services to older adults with COVID and post-COVID. She talked about the many health challenges providers can encounter and the treatment approaches, signs and symptoms of complications, and how to progress these patients back to safe activities and independence.



Webinar Recording: Caring for Older Adults with COVID in the Home - Garnering Community Support

Summary: Dr. Abrams shared real-life examples of COVID-19 care of older adults in the home, including pitfalls and key lessons he has learned through his experiences. 


Webinar Recording: Caring for Older Adults with COVID in the Home - Garnering Community Support

Summary: Dr. Abrams shared real-life examples of COVID-19 care of older adults in the home, including pitfalls and key lessons he has learned through his experiences. 

Webinar Recording:  Caring for the Caregiver - A CNA’s Perspective 

Summary:  Ms. Gryn discussed the burnout most caregivers experience due to the pandemic and provided input on what both caregivers and their employers can do to support caregivers during this trying time.


Webinar Recording:  Caring for the Caregiver - A CNA’s Perspective 

Summary:  Ms. Gryn discussed the burnout most caregivers experience due to the pandemic and provided input on what both caregivers and their employers can do to support caregivers during this trying time.

Webinar Recording:  Aerosols and COVID - What Home Care Clinicians Need to Know 

Webinar Slide Presentation: Aerosols and COVID - What Home Care Clinicians Need to Know

Summary:  Dr. Charlene Brown discussed the latest science on COVID-19 transmission via aerosols and what it means for home care agencies with clinician staff and caregivers spending hours in clients’ homes.  She also went over strategies to reduce the risk of transmission in client homes.

Webinar Recording:  How Can CNAs Protect Their Clients and Patients from COVID-19 Outside of Work? Should We Take the Vaccine?

Summary:  Mr. Anderson and Ms. Jackson discussed the newly approved COVID vaccine and what else CNAs can we do to protect their clients, residents, and patients when they are not at work. They also talked about how CNAs can care for their patients, take care of their own families and themselves. 



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