The Role of a Doula: Walking Through Aging, End-of-Life, and Grief

Thank you to Dr. Maurya D. Cockrell for contributing this guest post. Dr. Cockrell, a member of the VOYCE Board of Directors, is an established SDoH Solutionary from St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a BS in health management from Saint Louis University, with a minor in theological studies, an MA from Webster University in human…

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The Role of a Doula: Walking Through Aging, End-of-Life, and Grief

New Visitation Guidance

Over the past year, people in long-term care have been more affected by COVID-19 than almost anyone else. From staff to residents to families, we have seen people pivot and completely change how they work, live, and communicate. Over the past few months, we have seen vaccines get distributed, and the Center for Disease Control…

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New Visitation Guidance

New CMS Visitation Guidance

UPDATE: DHSS has released new guidance. Read more about it in our newest blog post. For a year now, residents have been separated from their loved ones. In protecting residents from COVID-19, long-term care communities have left them isolated. The mental and physical toll this loneliness has had on residents is staggering. As such, families…

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New CMS Visitation Guidance

Advocating for Your Loved One

The past year has been difficult for all of us, but the toll it has taken on older adults, particularly those living in long-term care, has been staggering. When they needed their loved ones the most, doors have been closed. Families are desperate to help, but they don’t know where to start.  Advocating on an…

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Advocating for Your Loved One

February Is All About Heart Health!

February is American Heart Month, a time when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health. Heart disease is not a picky disease. In fact, it can affect anyone, anywhere. However, adults age 65 and older are much more likely than younger age groups to suffer a heart attack, to have a stroke, or to…

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February Is All About Heart Health!

Black History Month: Historically Unequal Policies and Disparities

Black History Month celebrates the many accomplishments of members of the African American community. Although this month is exceptionally observed, it is critical to bring awareness to the social and health disparities and the historically inequitable policies that affect older African Americans in long-term care. Race-Related Stress and the Impact on African American Seniors Research…

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Black History Month: Historically Unequal Policies and Disparities