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The time spent in nursing homes can be one of growth, emotional healing, and creativity for residents, staff, and family members.  If you’re wondering how to get there from here, please look through this site and read my blog, where you’ll find answers that will allow you to create positive change instantly, whether you’re a CEO, a CNA, or seeing a loved one in long-term care.

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"My goal is to make nursing homes a place I'd want to live when it's my turn, using my training as a psychologist."

Recent Blog Posts

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Preventing difficult family situations (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - September 16, 2014 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Preventing difficult family situations I listened with great interest last week to McKnight’s Fall Expo talk on Pain relief: Dealing with difficult family and resident situations. Attorney Matthew J. Murer provided excellent information on how to work with families to prevent conflicts over treatment and other […]

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Assisted Living Documentary by Resident Dick Weinman

Dr. El - September 11, 2014 - Books/media of note, Customer service, Inspiration, Resident care

As a psychologist, I have the privilege of hearing the perspective of residents on a regular basis. For those of you who aren’t so lucky, here’s an insightful video by a resident of an assisted living facility. Dick Weinman, retired professor of broadcast communications at Oregon State University, author and former radio personality, provides a […]

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Reducing antipsych meds: 5 ways psychologists can help (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - September 4, 2014 - Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Dementia, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Medication issues, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Reducing antipsych meds: 5 ways psychologists can help With the mandate to reduce the use of antipsychotics, many facilities are looking for alternative methods to address the behaviors often associated with dementia. There are several good resources available for training staff (such as the Center for […]

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5 Ways to Encourage Teamwork in Your LTC Facility: Free Webinar 9/4

Dr. El - August 26, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia, Business Strategies, Communication, Motivating staff

Join Dr. El Thursday, August 4th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a  FREE Webinar on 5 Ways to Encourage Teamwork in Your LTC Facility sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   Aunt Sylvia at the nursing station, discussing teamwork: Click here or view below: http://youtu.be/7KTqBbjaJro       About the Webinar: How […]

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Taking vacations when residents can’t do the same (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - August 21, 2014 - Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Taking vacations when residents can’t do the same Like many, I’m taking some vacation time during the month of August. It got me thinking about the ways workers interact with residents when they take time off from their jobs. It’s more important than you might first […]

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Aunt Sylvia needs your help (video)

Dr. El - August 13, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse

Older adults are not included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) strategic plan, and Aunt Sylvia has something to say about that! You can say something too, if you comment on their draft by August 18th at http://store.samhsa.gov/leadingchange/feedback/ View Aunt Sylvia above or at this link: http://youtu.be/5nHbxL3uXW4

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Aunt Sylvia visits the APA convention

Dr. El - August 9, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia

The 122nd American Psychological Association Annual Convention is going on right now in Washington, DC and Aunt Sylvia couldn’t resist dropping in to give a pep talk to the Psychologists in Long-Term Care: Click on video above or use this link: http://youtu.be/Wa72GFzaNK0

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The psychology of falls in long-term care (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - August 7, 2014 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:   The Psychology of Falls in LTC According to the American Geriatrics Society, one in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Falls represent the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. You might be surprised to hear some of […]

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Dr. El’s McKnight’s column wins Azbee Award!

Dr. El - July 30, 2014 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Nominations/Awards

I’m excited to share with you that my McKnight’s column won the Gold award in the Upper Midwest Region of the 2014 ASBPE Awards of Excellence in the How-To/Tips/Service category. My column, “The World According to Dr. El,” focuses on bringing psychological insights to long-term care for the Chicago-based McKnight’s Long-Term Care News magazine. According […]

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What if psychologists ruled the (LTC) world… (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - July 24, 2014 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: What if psychologists ruled the (LTC) world… In the medically focused setting of long-term care, psychologists are mindful of the emotional environment. While most psychologists almost exclusively address the mental health of the residents due to the current reimbursement system, we’re also aware of the interactions […]

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