Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Caregiver Mental Health

It can be difficult for caregivers to shift to asking for help for themselves. These resources can be a starting point for caregivers, their colleagues and their loved ones.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

Recognizing and Responding to Distress in Someone Else

When possible, provide a safe and private environment away from patient care. Actively listen, provide reassurance, and express interest.
Suggested language: “I am concerned about you. Can we talk more about this?”

Determine the level of distress and whether emergency evaluation is required (i.e., suicidal ideation with intent is present).
Suggested language: “Have things gotten so bad that you’ve thought about hurting yourself or someone else?”

ChristianaCare Clinician in Distress Guidelines


Vital Work-Life for members of ChristianaCare’s Medical-Dental Staff and their families. Web: Username CCHS, password member or call 877-731-3949.

Care for the Caregiver provides peer support for individuals and teams at ChristianaCare following difficult cases. Vocera web page Care for the Caregiver.

Resource Liaison Line for residents, fellows and members of ChristianaCare’s Medical-Dental Staff. This confidential, in-house resource offers referrals to mental health and wellbeing services. Calls are typically returned within 24 hours. 302-319-1304.

Aetna’s Employee Assistance Program, Resources for Living. This confidential, free service for ChristianaCare caregivers and members of their households offers professional counseling for such life complexities as stress, grief and loss and career concerns. Call 1-800-701-0779 or visit (username: ChristianaCare, password: EAP).


Mental Health America: Depression Screening.

Mental Health America: Anxiety Screening.

Mental Health America: Alcohol or Substance Abuse Screening.

Anxiety & Depression Association of America: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Screening.

*These screening tools are provided to aid caregivers in self-reflection and to identify the potential need for additional services. These tools are not intended to replace the advice of trained professionals and should not be construed as an endorsement by or affiliation with ChristianaCare Health System.

Further Reading

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Black Bile: Website dedicated to physicians with depression, and those who care about them.

Preventing Physician Distress and Suicide: Learning module.

Nurse Suicide: Breaking the Silence: A study investigating prevalence, risk and preventive factors of suicide among nurses.

Out of the Straightjacket article and video: A physician’s story of depression and recovery.

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness in Physicians: A physician’s personal story.

A Piece of My Mind, Rebuilding More of Me: A physician’s personal account of getting help.

Why Should You Go To Therapy: An article explaining what therapy does for you and what it reveals about the trails of being human

Healing the Healer: Providing a Path Towards Physician Suicide Prevention: Explores the issues physicians are faced with and what role organizations and colleagues can play to prevent tragic events from occurring.