February 08, 2023

Living Well Center Long COVID Program 

Washington University’s Care and Recovery After COVID-19 (CARE) Clinic supports and treats patients who have continued symptoms or complications after COVID-19 illness (also called long COVID). These long-term issues can include fatigue, “brain fog” or changes in thinking or concentration, shortness of breath or breathlessness, worsening of symptoms with increased activity, changes in sleep, changes in mood, and many others. There can also be lingering issues that affect the musculoskeletal system (the bones, joints and muscles of our body).

To treat long COVID, the Washington University Living Well Center teams up with the CARE clinic to deliver trusted, targeted care.

Program Details 

The Washington University Living Well Center identifies and addresses lifestyle strategies with a goal of managing and improving symptoms of long COVID. The 120-day intensive program provides each patient with a personalized, goal-directed lifestyle care plan to improve physical and mental health. When possible, some care can be delivered virtually, a convenient option that eliminates the need to travel to and from appointments.

The Living Well Center uses lifestyle changes to help patients address:

  • Fatigue 
  • Brain fog 
  • Stress and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression 
  • Sleep problems 
  • Pain and de-conditioning 
  • Co-existing chronic medical conditions (such as high blood pressure or diabetes) 

Care plans and treatment may include:

  • Shared medical appointments 
  • Nutritional counseling 
  • Behavioral health counseling 
  • Sleep hygiene counseling 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Speech therapy 
  • Musculoskeletal care 
  • Pacing and energy management 
  • Smoking cessation 

About long COVID shared medical appointments:

Shared medical appointments are medical office visits led by a medical provider and conducted in a group setting. These visits function to manage symptoms or conditions among multiple people with similar goals. The long COVID shared medical appointments are group visits with other people who have long covid. 

During each session, we will cover one topic related to the lifestyle treatment of long COVID, such as improving sleep hygiene to improve energy, managing brain fog and fatigue with energy conservation and pacing, plant-predominant nutrition for optimizing function, optimizing function, mind-body techniques for stress reduction, and tools for self-management of pain.

How do I sign up?

A referral is required from the WU CARE clinic or from a primary care provider with a diagnosis of long COVID. 

For more information, call 314-514-3565, visit  us online or download the flyer

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