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Unintended Consequences: Behavioral health issues as a result of social isolation from COVID-19

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Date Published

July 22, 2020


Ohio Health Care Association


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Brenda’s day is usually filled with meals in the cafeteria, games or crafts in the common room, therapy with OT and PT, and frequent visits from family. That schedule came to a screeching halt with the rise of COVID-19 cases. Brenda no longer leaves her room – meals are delivered, therapy is minimal, entertainment consists of endless television programs. Her roommate was abruptly moved out, and her favorite staff members no longer have time for conversation. Family can only wave at her through her window. Brenda’s normally happy demeanor has steadily declined. Brenda is just one of the many patients whose quality of care has been drastically altered. In the necessity to protect patients from exposure to the virus, social isolation has led to unintentional consequences. This presentation will focus on behavioral health issues that are increasing due to social isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important for caregivers to stay focused on patients to quickly identify changes in mood due to social isolation. Rehabilitation has a role in evaluating the physical issues as well as behavioral health issues that are on the rise due to social isolation. An individualized, person-centered plan is developed by rehabilitation and education is provided to the staff for keeping residents engaged in meaningful activities to keep them functioning at their highest level and improving quality of life.


  • Identify causes/risk factors of behavioral health issues due to social isolation from COVID-19
  • Identify the role of rehabilitation to work with individuals with behavioral health issues
  • Educate facility staff on routines, activities and meaningful activities to improve quality of life
Credit Information - 1.0 CEs is available for this course from the following:

Ohio Administrators: The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Board of Executives of Long Term Care Services and Supports (BELTSS). Approval #pending.

Ohio Nurses: Nurses please note any continuing education that has been approved by BELTSS (or any other accredited body) can be accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing in the State of Ohio. Nurses may use this continuing education to meet their licensure requirements. Please refer to OBN continuing education rules 4723-14-01 thru 4723-14-19

Ohio Social Work: The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board has approved this event for contact hours for LISW's, LSW's, and SWA's. Social workers must provide their license # to Kathy Chapman (Approval #: RSX071802)

Certified Executives for Assisted Living (CEAL®): This program has been approved and can be used toward renewal of the CEAL certification.

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Kathy Adkins, OTR/L, CPC-A, RACT-CT, CDP
Director of Quality - RehabCare

Throughout her career, Kathy Adkins OTR/L has practiced Occupational Therapy across the continuum of care including: home... Read More

Leta Kant, PT
Director of Quality - RehabCare

Leta Kant, PT has 35 years of clinical and operational experience working with all ages in a variety of settings. During the... Read More

Randy Wadley, M.B.A.

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