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How the Center for WorkLife Wellbeing Is Supporting Caregivers During COVID-19

by Heather Farley, MD, MHCDS, FACEP | Sam Van Horne, PhD | Vanessa Downing, PhD | Kathryn M. Godfrey, PhD

January 8, 2021


Summary:

ChristianaCare’s Center for WorkLife Wellbeing is spearheading many collaborative efforts designed to promote caregiver wellbeing during the current pandemic.



Abstract:

Having been in existence for several years, ChristianaCare’s Center for WorkLife Wellbeing was well-positioned to spearhead many collaborative efforts designed to promote caregiver wellbeing during the current prolonged pandemic. The chief wellness officer took several actions as a senior physician leader to ensure that caregiver wellbeing was a priority and that caregivers’ concerns were used to promote positive change. The team members of the Center were able to adapt existing programs and services — and expand others — to ensure that caregivers were supported and capable of caring for patients with confidence. Supporting caregiver wellbeing is not the work of one office, but rather the entire system. Coordinated action is necessary to enact changes at the system level that make caregiver wellbeing a priority in the face of a national health crisis.


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Heather Farley, MD, MHCDS, FACEP

Heather Farley, MD, MHCDS, FACEP, is the chief wellness officer at ChristianaCare in Wilmington, DE, and an associate professor of emergency medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. HFarley@christianacare​.org


Sam Van Horne, PhD

Sam Van Horne, PhD, is a senior research associate in the Center for WorkLife Wellbeing at ChristianaCare in Wilmington, DE. Samuel.A.VanHorne@ChristianaCare.org


Vanessa Downing, PhD

Vanessa Downing, PhD, is a counseling psychologist and the director of the Center for WorkLife Wellbeing at ChristianaCare in Wilmington, DE. vdowning@ChristianaCare.org


Kathryn M. Godfrey, PhD

Kathryn M. Godfrey, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the program manager of Care for the Caregiver, the peer support program at ChristianaCare in Newark, DE. kathryn.godfrey@ChristianaCare.org

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