The Drive to Survive – Putting On Your Own Mask First

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Corrie Phillips

By Corrie PhillipsApril 21st, 2020

The Drive to Survive – Putting On Your Own Mask First

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by Corrie L. Phillips, PAC Team Member


With most of the world now under the threat of infection from COVID-19, the role of care partners has changed dramatically. Care partnering with someone is a full-time job, no doubt. It’s very easy to take on too much. We rarely say no because it all has to get done.

Now, we have added the extra stresses of cleaning, disinfecting, and keeping our hands and our loved one’s hands clean. We are looking for new engagement ideas, interesting meals to make, and perhaps ways to save money not knowing what the future may hold economically.

Perhaps you are the care partner of someone who is living in a facility that is under quarantine. Daily and weekly visits are halted and phone calls are increasing or ceasing all together. It’s a lot to process.

We are all doing our best to stay balanced and figure out new ways to de-stress and take care of ourselves and our loved ones. But with so many living in isolation, we are being forced to rethink the way we go about our daily activities. Education is a great way to empower yourself as a care partner and develop your own drive to survive. If you’ve ever flown in an airplane, you probably remember the safety rule of putting on your own oxygen mask before assisting others. PAC has their masks on and we are ready to assist you!

Below is a list of resources that the PAC Team has created to help during this time. I hope that some of these will spark some new ideas and renew old ones for others.

Video Resource: How to Talk to Your Family Member Who is Locked In and Living With Dementia

Video Resource: How to Reduce Risks When You Must Be Closer Than Six Feet

Video Resource: Wash Your Hands! Tips for Dementia Care Partners

Video Resource: Using Positive Physical Approach When A Face Mask is Necessary

All of these resources and many others are available for FREE on our YouTube Channel. We encourage you to subscribe to our channel so that you will be alerted when we release new videos. We are working hard to upload new content daily. If you know others who are trying to figure out how to adapt the care and communication they provide, please share these videos with them. Lastly, if you have questions or topics that you would like to see us cover, please send us your ideas via email.


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