Presentation Files | Caregiver Check-In: Challenges & Choices in COVID-19
Video vs. Phone: Communication Challenges
1 min. 58 sec. (recorded via Zoom)
Managing Care Support Shortages
2 min. 52 sec. (recorded via Zoom)
Watch the Caregiver Check-In videos below
Dr. Joel Sadavoy discusses caregiver themes covered in the Caregiver Check-In: Challenges & Choices in COVID-19 event, held online via Zoom on April 23 and May 14, 2020.
Dr. Sadavoy is Medical Director of The Reitman Centre and the Enhancing Care for Ontario Dementia Carepartners Program, Sinai Health.
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Dr. Joel Sadavoy
MD, FRCP, Founder Geriatric Psychiatry, FCPA (Distinguished)
Some Unexpected Surprises in the Care Experience
3 min. 8 sec. (recorded via Zoom)
Dr. Sadavoy reflects on an unexpected aspect of caregiver feedback that’s he’s encountered.
There is a possibility of an increased feeling of disconnectedness and isolation. At the same time a paradox surfaces, which is that there are fewer things to do, less to prepare for, fewer activities that are either available or possible. The caregiver in some respects has fewer demands than they used to because of this social constriction. Amidst the challenging consequences, caregivers have recounted some unexpected and positive surprises.
Caregiver Isolation | How do I manage in COVID-19?
Full Video: Caregiver Isolation
3 min. 39 sec. (recorded via Zoom)
In the full video Dr. Sadavoy starts by suggesting some strategies for self-soothing to address isolation feelings. He then shares strategies for finding connection with the family member with dementia.
He finally provides guidance around what signals exist that worries and isolation may becoming to overwhelming to handle alone, and require contact with a medical professional.
The role of acceptance
0 – 1:14 min. (recorded via Zoom)
A remedy – supporting a connection
1:12 min. – 2:47 min. (recorded via Zoom)
Warning signals that isolation may be becoming too overwhelming
2:47 min. – 3:39 min. (recorded via Zoom)
Anxiety and Coping Tools for Caregivers | Series of Short Videos
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Managing your worry for those dependent on you
Using planning as a caregiving tool
Food supply and Eating
Medications and Prescriptions
Doctors and Healthcare Services
Emergency care and Patient Advocacy
Disruption of routine activities, like banking
Run time: (46 sec.)
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