I just finished getting in touch with the director of nursing for one of the nursing homes where I provide psychological services. They now have a dedicated COVID-19 unit, which is extremely distressing. I also learned that a lot of staff members have also tested positive recently.
I know that the residents on my caseload are more isolated than ever. Many are truly struggling with increased anxiety and depression. Plus, it’s the holiday season, which is often very difficult for them to go through.
Nevertheless, I do have to consider my personal risk of contracting COVID-19. I have several pre-existing conditions that make me much more vulnerable to the development of severe complications, should I contract COVID-19.
As a result, I informed the director of nursing that I just don’t feel comfortable seeing residents at this time. I’ll ask if any staff members might be willing to assist residents with virtual sessions.