CALTCM Wave Wellness Corner

Dear CALTCM Colleagues,

Welcome to the kickoff of the WAVE Wellness Corner! This new feature is a product of the CALTCM Wellness Committee and has been a year in the making, so we’re excited to share the first edition with you.

A little background … The Wellness Committee was formally approved by the CALTCM Board in early February 2020. Recognizing the increasing challenges in geriatric care and burnout among long term care physicians, clinicians and teams (even before Covid-19), we felt it was time for a proactive effort to support our members. Little did we dream that a pandemic would ravage our nation and impact our patients, staff, colleagues, families and ourselves to the extent that it did. 

Fast forward 16 months and the major impact of Covid-19 is thankfully behind us, but the need for resilience, recovery, and renewal are greater now than ever. With that in mind, our committee has created a “Moving Forward Together” campaign focused on addressing the unique needs of our members as we move ahead now. 

In concert with the “Healing Together” campaign created by AMDA’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council, our Wellness Corner logo reflects a systemic effort on both state and national levels to re-equilibrate, creating opportunities for reflection, dialogue, healing and growth. Ultimately, our focus is on renewing resilience and re-engagement with the joys of our life and work.

Looking forward, the Wellness Corner will focus on a specific topic related to Resilience each month over the next year, which will provide an opportunity for sharing unique and thought-provoking resources, articles, and ideas. 

In order to best address the needs of our members, we have created a brief survey, which will take no more than a few minutes to complete. We would greatly appreciate your time and participation, as this will help make our work more consistent with your needs. Results will be reported in the WAVE later this year. The survey can be accessed at

Finally, we would like to share a fabulous, free resource from UC Berkeley: The Greater Good Science Center

This website is chock full of interesting and inspiring articles, materials, courses, podcasts and a plethora of “good things” contributing to Wellness that we think you’ll enjoy. Make sure to check out their monthly “Happiness Calendar”.


On behalf of the Wellness Committee, thank you for your time and support as a member of CALTCM. We look forward to your thoughts, suggestions, and contributions to the Wellness Corner!


Pat Bach
Patricia L. Bach, PsyD, RN
Chair, CALTCM Wellness Committee
"Mom Behind Bars"
This was a picture I took in May of my 93-year-old mother-in-law who (along with all other long-term care residents) had been confined to her group home due to Covid-19. We could only visit her through the bars on her front door. We were not permitted entry and she was not allowed to come out to touch us or get a hug from us. She did not understand why this was happening or when it would end. The unhappy expression on her face speaks to the plight of these vulnerable elderly residents during Covid 19. It highlights the psychological impact Covid-19 has on older adults confined to long term care facilities. As a Geriatrician, this scene was heartbreaking and yet an honest depiction of what has been happening to these older adults.
Gary Salzman, MD, FACP
COVID-19 Pay What You Can Program

CALTCM recognizes that COVID-19 has caused unforeseen financial burdens to the post-acute and long-term care community (PALTC), to their families, and beyond.  

CALTCM remains focused on promoting quality patient care through medical leadership and education. As such, CALTCM announces a "Pay What You Can" program for the 2020 CALTCM Summit for Excellence. As a non-profit association, CALTCM respects that you have hard decisions to make every day and registering for our annual meeting to improve your knowledge and meet your CME/CEU needs during this pandemic should be an easy one.

We believe that the CALTCM COVID-19 Pay What You Can Program will allow more PALTC family members to attend our excellent program during this pandemic. 

About the 2020 CALTCM Summit for Excellence
by Michelle Eslami, MD, FACP, CMD
Chair, CALTCM Education Committee

For many years CALTCM—the California Association of Long-Term Medicine has provided cutting edge education and gold-standard practice management tools through their Summit for Excellence annual meeting.  Join me and other physicians, advance practice nurses, nursing home administrators and other healthcare providers on October 8-10 as we virtually come together for engaging and interactive educational sessions and panels.

As a geriatrician who had a robust nursing home practice for many years, one of my passions was helping the residents meet their highest level of function as possible.  I’ll be presenting and moderating during the “Is Functional Decline Under Our Control?” portion of the conference and am excited to show how residents benefit from a true interdisciplinary approach to maintaining and improving their function.

Covid-19 Training Video Series: Brought to you by the California Partnership to Improve Dementia Care
by Jennifer Birdsall, Ph.D
Chair, Education Committee of Dementia Partnership
Clinical Director, CHE Behavioral Health Services
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for every aspect of our day to day routines.  This is especially true of those living with dementia. 

The California Partnership to Improve Dementia Care is pleased to present the following webinars to address the additional challenges that COVID-19 has brought to both staff and residents. 

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