Caring for the Caregiver

At Einstein, we recognize that this is an incredibly challenging time to work in healthcare.  We hope you find these resources and services helpful during this strenuous time, as you face new demands.  This page provides content you may find helpful and will be updated as our services and resources evolve.  We thank you for your tireless efforts to drive Einstein's Mission with humanity, humility and honor, to heal by providing exceptionally intelligent and responsive healthcare and education for as many as we can reach.

         

      

      

      

      

      

Einstein's Outpatient Department of Behavioral Health

The Einstein Healthcare Network Outpatient Department of Behavioral Health offers mental health treatment for a range of problems including but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, as well as trauma.  Individuals often benefit from treatment when there has been significant changes in mood and functioning during significant life stress and loss.  Treatment can include counseling/psychotherapy and/or pharmacotherapy.  During this emergent time, the Behavioral Health department will do their absolute best to provide employees access to treatment.  Employees can call 215-456-9850 to reach the department for new appointments.  Be sure to identify yourself as an Einstein employee or family member.  If you have any difficulties attaining an appointment you can reach out to the Program Director, Brian Gallagher, at gallagbr@einstein.edu.

Upcoming Happenings:

Einstein’s Department of Spiritual Care and Mindfulness offers several types of support:

  • Chaplains are here for you as well as for patients, to support your human spirit – no matter what religion, or no religion.  Call 215-456-3996 to leave a confidential message that you’d like to speak with a chaplain.  If the need is urgent, someone is available onsite at EMCP 24/7, page 07064.  You can also send a confidential e-mail to a chaplain to say a prayer for a loved one, at chaplains@einstein.edu.  Chaplains additionally provide, as able, mini and mobile “Caring for the Caregiver” sessions for specific departments/units.
  • Guided mindfulness sessions are available to units or departments as a group – ask your manager or supervisor to arrange one.  Or, you may request a one-on-one mindfulness coaching session by leaving a confidential message at 215-456-3996.  Every Wednesday at noon, you may call in for a live, 10-minute guided meditation: call 1-425-436-6318, participant code: 613477#.  And, any time of day or night, access 5- and 10-minute guided mindfulness sessions at http://www.einstein.edu/?id=2015&sid=1.

If you'd like to arrange a special call-in meditation or prayer for your particular unit or department, please call Laura Romano at 215-456-9779 or email romanola@einstein.edu.

Click here for upcoming wellness webinars!

Carebridge Webinar Recordings:

  • Thursday, January 14 - A Mindfulness Practice to Welcome the New Year:
    • The start of a new year provides a chance to gently turn our focus inward to consider what nourishes us.  Join this session to learn and practice mindfulness meditation.  Let go of resolutions, open to who you are, and recognize what you need in the moment. 
  • Friday, January 15 - Stress Check-In for Healthcare Workers:
    • Managing through intense demands at work and at home can leave healthcare workers feeling exhausted and at risk for heightened emotional distress.  This group will assist participants with identifying practices that help to restore emotional well-being and reduce risk for developing stress disorders.
  • Thursday, January 21 - Grief & Loss: Accepting a New Year: 
    • Facing a new calendar year is often daunting for those who are grieving. It can confront one with the reality of more days ahead without the presence of their loved one.  This group will assist participants in accepting bereavement as a period of being between the past and the future.  Participants will have the opportunity to obtain tips for self-care, as well as anonymously share personal tips.
  • Coronavirus and Your Finances - This presentation focuses on actions you can take to protect your finances.  Attention will be given to common financial mistakes individuals may engage in during times of crisis and how to avoid them.  Click here for a printable handout.
  • Keeping Your Family Emotionally Healthy and Resilient - COVID-19The pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for families.  Healthy families are characterized by the capability to adapt and thrive in challenging times and circumstances.  Proactive factors, such as adaptability, effective communication, expectations, and acceptance are discussed along with many other factors all contributing to development of resiliency within contemporary families.  Emphasis will be placed on family traits and practices which promote resiliency such as communication, organization, and stress management.

Additional Support

COVID Coach - An App from U.S. Veteran Affairs Department that was created for everyone, including Veterans and Service Members, to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.  Learn more and download here.

Healthy Minds Philly -  Get a check up from the neck up!  Identifying signs and symptoms of behavioral health (metal health and/or substance use) challenges is an important part of the process of taking care of your overall health.  Click here for a free, quick and anonymous screening.  Or visit this page for mental health first aid and other tools and resources to support and improve your mental health and wellbeing.

JFCS  is offering a variety of services and resources to help you navigate these difficult times.  Whether you or someone you know are struggling with anxiety and isolation, looking for advice on applying for benefits, or a parent in need of support, they are here to help.  Click here for more information.

Physician Support Line - Free confidential peer support telehealth line by volunteer psychiatrists for US physician colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Free and confidential, no appointment necessary.  Open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM EST.  Call 1-888-409-0141.

Pennsylvania Helpline for those struggling with anxiety due to coronavirus: 1-855-284-2494.  For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

Self-Care Resources for Healthcare Professionals - click here for free downloadable resources to help increase your ability to cope in the now and get through the challenges you're facing daily.  All resources are scientifically based and packaged to fit into the hectic and fast-paces lives of healthcare workers.

Wellness Support with a wide variety of evidence-based and practical tips, tools, and skills to manage mental health and maintain resiliency during this challenging time.