The experience of the Covid-19 health crisis is having important implications not only from the health point of view, but also from the social point of view.
The impact of the social, economic and health consequences of the pandemic has caused a real shock to all health and social resources, unprecedented in the short term, especially those of an institutional nature such as nursing homes.
Throughout the pandemic, homes for the elderly have been and continue to be one of the main focuses of attention. In this sense, the professionals in these centres play a crucial role both in accompanying their residents and in communication and mediation with family members. Families also have high levels of fear, anguish and helplessness due to the fact that they are unable to provide care for their family member. As a result, care home professionals are playing an essential role in communication and mediation with families, and are faced with managing a multitude of difficult situations.
As an at-risk population, the elderly often have high levels of distress and fear of contagion. This, added to the long periods of isolation, the losses they have suffered around them in a short time and the changes in routine to which they are being subjected, can make them particularly sensitive, irascible and/or disoriented.
Consequently, it is important to provide appropriate support at times of emotional overflow and blockage, not only for care home professionals, but also for family members and the residents themselves.
The general objective of the CONTIGO project is to accompany the emotional management of residents, family members and direct care professionals of the elderly living in the Las Hoces Residence for the Elderly.
As specific objectives:
- Promote active listening as a strategy for emotional regulation.
- Encourage the sharing of emotions and feelings, especially when these are related to sadness, guilt, loneliness, anger, etc.
- Use empathetic communication. Facilitating processes of exchange and understanding.
- To provide communication and emotional management tools and strategies to professionals.
- Enhancing professional skills through reflection, thinking and self-care.
- Promote self-care mechanisms for professionals to deal with situations generated by the pandemic in the residence.
Children and adolescents are involved as full and active members of community life.
The project places great emphasis on the consequences and short and long term effects caused by the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other substances in childhood and adolescence. The aim is to work on the basis of selective and indicated drug prevention, through a specific intervention with each of the participants.