#5987

brandeaton
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@brandeaton

Deanna, I was struck by your insight about the potential loss of healthcare professionals through PTSD, or related disorders, when the current crisis abates.  One of the elements of concern we have in my setting is the impact of social distancing and isolation on the elder population.  One cannot be “contained” in a small assisted living apartment for months without the experience of trauma.  When this is layered upon the psychological and spiritual effects of cognitive decline experienced by many elders, the concern is quite acute.  If we have a surge in such issues presenting themselves to a care team already depleted from the anxieties of seeking to physically protect those in their care, the problem is multiplied.  Being able to identify compassion fatigue, and operationalizing the treatment recommendations in Daniel Louw’s article, will be of paramount importance.