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Minimizing the impact of touch starvation in long-term care residents

What is touch starvation? Also known as “touch deprivation,” “skin hunger” or “hug deprivation,” touch starvation is what occurs when a person’s exposure to physical contact has been significantly reduced or eliminated, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing. I began researching this phenomenon and discovered there was a name for it…

Tips for successful telehealth services implementation in SNFs

At CHE Behavioral Health Services, a nationwide organization providing behavioral health services to patients in skilled nursing facilities and now to the general community, we had to work quickly to provide innovative strategies to ensure continuity of care remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Behavioral health services are more important now than ever before with unprecedented…

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