Best Practices for Telehealth
As we adapt to our new and ever-changing circumstances, we want to share the BEST PRACTICES FOR TELEHEALTH appointments (online/video appointments).
1. GET READY. Schedule 10 minutes before your session to review instructions and make sure that your connection is working well. Make sure your device is charged and your charger is nearby. Headphones are helpful for the best sound quality and for added privacy.
2. MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS. Try to find a quiet place to meet. If you live with others, notify them that you will be on a private call. Turn off music and the television so it does not disturb your session.
3. OPTIMIZE THE CONNECTION. Set up your device on a stable and flat surface. This eliminates shakiness in the video. Try to have your face fully in the frame. Close extra tabs in your browser and other applications to optimize your connection.
4. KEEP CALM. Tech issues are normal as everyone adjusts. Keep in touch with your therapist via phone, email or text to sort out connection problems. If a video call stops working, try reconnecting. If the reconnection does not work, text your therapist to get further instructions.
5. GET COMFY. Grab a hot beverage and a comfortable place to sit. Try to stay in one place during your session as you would if you were in the office.
6. CONNECT AS NORMAL. Look into your therapist’s eyes as you normally would. Try not to look at the camera or your own face. Treat the session just as you would a normal session. Online therapy can feel just as personal as in-person sessions.
**Adapted from Emma Donovan’s “Tips for Successful Online Therapy Sessions”
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On the Frontlines, for Healthcare Professionals
If you know a healthcare professional, first responder, grocery store employee, let them know that there is online therapy available for them at a reduced cost. This is a volunteer created and volunteer run website that connects these first responders with therapists at a reduced cost. https://www.coronavirusonlinetherapy.com
Shopping Hours for Vulnerable Individuals:
If you are a high risk individual (Over 60 and/or immunosuppressed) many Twin Cities grocery stores are offering hours for elders, health care providers and immunosuppressed. Here is a list that we have found (Please verify this before going to the store):
Lunds & Byerlys: Daily 7 AM to 8 AM.
Hy-Vee: Daily, 7 AM to 8 AM
Cub: Daily, 6 AM to 7 AM
Wal-Mart: Seniors Only, Tuesdays, one hour before opening. Pharmacies and Vision Centers are open during this time.
Target: Wednesdays, One hour prior to store opening.
Walgreens: Tuesdays, 8 AM to 9 AM
Whole Foods: One hour prior to store opening.
Costco: Tuesday & Thursday, 9 AM to 10 AM
Please note that many stores offer curbside service when you shop online.
There are plenty of ACTIVITIES to do while working/schooling from home. I’ve been calling it pandemic activities:
Good Housekeeping posted:
Bored at Home? Here's a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours
All the virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture you can enjoy from home
Travel and Leisure posted:
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
Tour National Parks:
Amnesty International posted
6 things to do while at home during COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2020/03/what-to-do-at-home-during-covid-19-pandemic/
USA Today posted
100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic:
Take a ride on these virtual Disney World rides:
Coloring Books from 119 Museums:
Additional Activities for Children.
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