Distanced behind the mask: The use of non-verbal communication when counselling the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic

Health SA Gesondheid


 
 
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Title Distanced behind the mask: The use of non-verbal communication when counselling the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic
 
Creator Jarvis, Mary Ann Smith, Lourett
 
Subject Covid-19; therapeutic alliance; mental healthcare nurse; elderly persons, nonverbal communication; mask elderly; counselling; COVID-19; mask; mental healthcare nurse; non-verbal communication; practice
Description The stressors caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have influenced both the physical and the mental health of the elderly, increasing their vulnerability. Counselling by the mental healthcare nurse is a critical protective factor in mitigating the mental health effects of COVID-19. However, counselling is unintentionally interrupted by the effects of the mask as a barrier to non-verbal communication. This commentary aims at conscientisation of mental healthcare nursing practice interruptions to non-verbal communication, brought upon by the pandemic. Practice recommendations focus on mask-wearing becoming less of a stressor to offset the challenges experienced by both the elderly and the mental healthcare nurses.Contribution: The authors conclude that a need exists to revisit the fundamentals of counselling, and show initiative to addressing the practice challenges created by the wearing of masks yet simultaneously contribute to #flatten_the_mental_illness_curve.
 
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
 
Contributor N/A
Date 2021-11-26
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Commentary
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v26i0.1665
 
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 26 (2021); 4 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
 
Language eng
 
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Coverage South Africa 2020 60+
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Mary Ann Jarvis, Lourett Smith https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0