Barrera Vivian, Sigaya Kenneth Villan, Espeleta Wrenzie Del Valle, Tanya Quicho and Si Ching Lim*
Department of Geriatric Medicine, Changi General Hospital, SingaporeFulltext PDF
The requirement of single isolation rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a different work environment for the care staff taking care of the vulnerable elderly patients. In order to minimize infection risk, contact between the care staff and patients were kept to the minimum and the patients were put on physical restraints to reduce fall risks while they remained in their rooms. The effects of this enforced immobility; social isolation and loneliness on the elderly patients were felt to be deleterious on the patients by the staff working in the ward. The staff faced additional challenges and stress having to work in an unfamiliar environment with new rules and some experienced burn out with thoughts of resignation.
COVID-19 pandemic; Elderly; Hospital fall; Social isolation; Burnout
Vivian B, Villan SK, Del Valle EW, Quicho T, Lim SC. Examining Nurses’ Wellbeing While Caring for the Elderly in Pneumonia-Acute Respiratory Infection (PARI) Ward. Ann Clin Med Res. 2020; 1(4): 1017..