Psychologists and social workers who are committed to helping the healthcare workers in nursing homes have vast experience treating healthcare workers impacted by stress and trauma.
Working with healthcare workers affected by the first wave of Covid-19 in New York City hospitals, 9-11 first responders, survivors of natural disasters and other traumatic events.
This pandemic is taking an enormous toll on our front-line, nursing-home healthcare workers. Not only do they have to care for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, they have the concern for their own and their families’ health and safety, which may mean in some cases self-isolation. There is the financial burden if work is missed due to the virus or job furlough. After so many months, healthcare workers are experiencing clinical signs of exhaustion, anxiety, irritability, depression, burn-out and fatigue as well as unhealthy use of alcohol or drugs, domestic violence and/or in some cases, post-traumatic stress disorder.
Emotional support is an effective way to reduce and/or prevent the mental and physical consequences of stress. Having the opportunity to connect with others who have experienced similar stressful work environments is a proven healing method that adds to that emotional support. Rappore Foundation groups will provide that connection and support, while teaching the skills to manage stress and to enhance resilience.
An on-line, 20-minute survey of nursing home attendants/aides that focuses on anxiety, depression, substance use and quality of life. Each participant will earn $50 for answering the survey. All participants are eligible to join our no-cost, resilience building groups.
(Clinicians trained in group therapy)
Our groups of 3-10 members run continuously, meet weekly for one hour. We will start a new group whenever any group is filled, so new members can join without a long waiting-list. All material discussed is confidential and stays within the group.
Topics for discussion during the groups include stress, trauma, the effects on the body from stress and trauma, burn-out, anxiety, grief versus depression. Coping tools and strategies are divided into modules and include mindfulness skills, relaxation techniques, healthy versus unhealthy coping, emotion management techniques, grounding skills, resilience development and post-traumatic growth.