COVID Conversations: Caring for Elders in Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living Facilities During COVID-19


Faith and Hope Hospice in Pasadena, CA is dedicated to bringing helpful information to our clients and community. This is especially true during the time of COVID. This is the first in a series of conversations discussing COVID-19 and its impact on hospice and palliative care patients, their families, and grievers. Find more on our blog.

In this interview we meet Brianna Garrison, MSW, LCSW-S, an expert in aging, dementia, and social connection, who talks with Faith and Hope Hospice & Palliative Care about:

  • How COVID-19 impacts residents in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. 
  • Families who can no longer visit and ways they can continue to engage beyond video calls.
  • Social & physical distancing
  • The power of connection and engagement
  • Mini-horses (Who doesn’t love them?!)

Brianna also provided these helpful resources:


Brianna Garrison received her bachelor of science in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University and completed her MSW degree at the University of Houston. She also maintains a graduate certificate in Health Disparities from the University of Houston. Brianna is a licensed clinical social worker and board-approved clinical supervisor in the state of Texas. Her clinical social work experience includes oncology social work, grief and loss with older adults, adjustment to chronic and progressive illness, and working with persons living with dementia and their caregivers. Brianna currently serves as a Lecturer and the MSW program Director Education at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work Houston Campus. Although her research has largely fallen within the realm of caregivers of persons living with dementia, her broader interests include gerontology, health disparities, health equity, mental health for older adults, grief, and loss, and social connection for older adults.

Faith & Hope is dedicated to providing the best palliative care Los Angeles has to offer. 

Feel free to call us at 818-559-1460 or email for information about hospice & palliative care or for more information about caring for elders living in skilled nursing & assisted living facilities during COVID-19.