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COVID-19 Social Services/Activities Resources

  • Addressing Social Isolation for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis (Posted 4/7/21)
    ADvancing States took action during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis to assist state aging and disability agencies in responding to, and meeting the needs of, facility residents and an older adult population sheltering at home. This resource was created through one-on-one conversations with states and a call for ideas in the Friday Update, a weekly email reaching over 15,000 aging and disability professionals. This resource is intended to assist states and others with creative and thoughtful approaches to social isolation and loneliness in older adults, and to also facilitate sharing and learning across states. It is our hope this collection of ideas and actions across states and organizations will reduce social isolation for some of the country’s most vulnerable older adults during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Beauty and Care of Residents v1 (Released 4/9/20)
    Here are some helpful suggestions to implement at your facility to assist in pampering your residents during this challenging time
  • Beauty and Care of Residents - Spanish v1 (Released 4/14/20)
    Here are some helpful suggestions to implement at your facility to assist in pampering your residents during this challenging time (Spanish version)
  • CDC MMWR Restaurant Dining Masks (Published 3/22/21)
    The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from March 5, 2021 regarding state-issued mask mandates and allowing on-premises restaurant dining.
  • Choosing Safer Activities v3 (Posted 6/3/21)
    If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity. Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.
  • Dementia Activities Toolkit v1 (Released 8/4/20)
    Just like those of us without dementia, residents living with dementia have different personality types. We've put together a toolkit of activities based on personality type. You can try these to keep your residents active and engaged.
  • Dementia Activities Toolkit - Spanish v1 (Released 8/4/20)
    Just like those of us without dementia, residents living with dementia have different personality types. We've put together a toolkit of activities based on personality type. You can try these to keep your residents active and engaged. (Spanish version)
  • Hair Salons and Services Guidelines during COVID-19 v1 (Released 10/28/20)
    When it is determined by state and local health departments that beautician and barber services may resume, this center will provide these services following the guidelines from the CDC and state and local health departments.
  • Heart-to-Heart Engagement Recipe Book v1
    We've reached out to our members and collected the best ideas for the engagement of our residents during isolation. We've put them all together in a "recipe" book that you can follow!
  • Key Components to Reopening Dining v1 (Released 3/9/21)
    While adhering to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention, communal activities and dining may occur. Residents may eat in the same room with social distancing (i.e., a limited number of people at each table and with at least six feet between each person). Facilities should consider additional limitations based on the status of COVID-19 infections in the facility.
  • Individualized Dementia Care Activities v1 (Released 4/9/20)
    Activity ideas for residents with dementia based on their personality type.
  • Individualized Dementia Care Activities - Spanish v1 (Released 4/14/20)
    Activity ideas for residents with dementia based on their personality type. (Spanish version)
  • Reopening Dining Checklist During a Pandemic (Released 3/8/21)
    Nutrition Alliance LLC has released a checklist to assist in reopening dining.
  • Reopening Dining Infographic v1 (Released 3/22/21)
    We've created an infographic to help you with reopening dining.
  • Reopening Dining Infographic Spanish v1 (Released 5/5/21)
    We've created an infographic to help you with reopening dining. (Spanish version)
  • Resident Communal Activities in Healthcare Settings Dining/Activities/Out Trips v1 (Posted 5/25/21)
    Determining the vaccination status of patients/residents/HCP at the time of the activity might be challenging and might be subject to local regulations. When determining vaccination status, the privacy of the patient/resident/HCP should be maintained (e.g., not asked in front of other patients/residents/HCP). For example, when planning for group activities or communal dining, facilities might consider having patients/residents sign up in advance so their vaccination status can be confirmed, and seating assigned. If vaccination status cannot be determined, the safest practice is for all participants to follow all recommended infection prevention and control practices including maintaining physical distancing and wearing source control.
  • Surgeon General Confronting Misinformation (Posted 9/8/21)
    A Surgeon General’s Advisory is a public statement that calls the American people’s attention to a public health issue and provides recommendations for how that issue should be addressed. Advisories are reserved for significant public health challenges that need the American people’s immediate awareness. For additional background, visit SurgeonGeneral.gov.
  • Taking Care of You: Tips for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities (Posted 5/10/21)
    National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care and National Center on Elder Abuse have created tips for residents for self-care.