Even with the arrival of a vaccine in record time, the very beginning of 2021 will likely look very similar to the darkest days of 2020. On the bright side, new approaches – many propelled by the COVID-19 pandemic – continue to advance the care of vulnerable individuals facing their end of life.
Olivia Courtney graduated from Ohio’s Bowling Green State University in May of 2015 and shortly thereafter became a volunteer manager with Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care’s Cincinnati site. Olivia wasn’t a stranger to Crossroads when she was hired. Like so many professionals in Crossroads’ Patient Support Services department, Olivia joined Crossroads as a college intern.
The holiday season is thought of as a time of celebration with family and friends, but for many people, it’s a time of loneliness. There are many reasons why someone might be alone for the holidays. This is especially true this year when many people have decided to cancel traditional gatherings to protect their loved ones from potential exposure to COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world, healthcare workers have been rightfully celebrated as heroes for the many challenges they have faced and overcome this year. All the while, these challenges have caused many healthcare workers a great deal of anxiety and stress.
The holidays can be a bittersweet time for families caring for a loved one with dementia. This year’s pandemic has added a new level of challenges for family caregivers. Simple crafts can be a welcome distraction to engage your loved one with a special activity that celebrates the season.
Caring for a loved one is a beautiful and loving thing, but it can also be challenging and isolating. That is particularly true this year as COVID-19 has created added concerns for both the immunocompromised and those who care for them. Brighten their spirits this holiday season with gifts for family caregivers that they can safely use and enjoy at home.