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The importance of geriatric nursing assistants in a post-COVID world

Geriatric nursing assistants are responsible for performing the brunt of the work in elderly care — helping patients eat, bathe, monitor their vitals and other health signals and take their prescribed medications. They also provide much needed companionship, which is crucial given the current loneliness epidemic. Underpaid and underappreciated, these healthcare professionals were already in short supply before the COVID-19 pandemic; when the coronavirus hit the United States, the shortage turned into a full-blown staffing crisis.


Past, present and future: Geriatrics in American health care

Long before COVID-19, the geriatric specialty faced a major challenge. Projections in the United States show a potential national shortage of 26,980 full-time geriatricians, leaving the growing senior population and their complex chronic conditions in limbo. So how did we get here and why? In these Essential Insights, we dive into four areas of concern that will need to be explored to prevent the projected massive shortage of geriatricians in the next five years.


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Lessons learned from COVID-19 — It’s time to reshape health care

If COVID-19 has taught healthcare leaders anything, it is this: the very fabric and design of our current system is flawed. Understanding the challenges seniors are facing is vital when it comes to redesigning care in a post-COVID world. In these latest Essential Insights, Select Medical’s Executive Vice President Thomas Buckingham and naviHealth’s Chief Medical Officer Jay LaBine pen a co-written piece on what it will take to reshape health care and how important it is to start now.

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‘This can’t be happening’: A story from the front lines in New Orleans

With news of her colleague testing positive for COVID-19, Dr. Lauren P. Barial’s heart was already heavy as she stepped on to the floor of her small community hospital in her hometown of New Orleans. She knew that she would need to call upon her heroic experiences during times of crisis as she and her colleagues waged war against COVID-19. This is her uncut, unedited story of what she witnessed on the front lines…yet again.

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The new face of nursing home visits

With over 32,000 deaths and 95,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities across the country, it’s very clear that there will be seismic change to the way the industry, the patients and their loved ones view long-term care for seniors. As the rest of the country begins to reopen, nursing homes stay shuttered as health officials begin to reimagine the new normal for long-term care facilities in a post COVID-19 world in these Essential Insights.

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When epidemic and pandemic collide: The significant impact of isolation on seniors

Seniors across the country find themselves dealing with social distancing and isolation with nursing homes across the country closed to all visitors until further notice. Long before COVID-19, loneliness played such a significant role in patient outcomes for seniors that the American Psychological Association characterized it as an epidemic. With May recognized as “Mental Health Awareness” month, these Essential Insights detail a symptom that has been in the spotlight even more due to the pandemic: loneliness.

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