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The time spent in long-term care 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 long-term care a place I'd want to live when it's my turn, using my training as a psychologist."

Recent Blog Posts

A truly healing yarn

Dr. El - October 7, 2018 - Anecdotes, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: A truly healing yarn “No,” Diane said when I showed up at her door for our Thursday session. “I don’t want to talk to you. I’m too aggravated.” She turned her head and looked out the window for a moment. “I’m surprised.” I replied. “We had […]

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McKnight’s Fall Online Expo, FREE, Wednesday September 26

Dr. El - September 19, 2018 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Technology

McKnight’s Fall Online Expo FREE Wednesday September 26, 2018 Earn 3 Free CEUs at 3 Free webinars Once again, McKnight’s will host its annual Fall Online Expo, which is a chance to attend a conference without leaving your desk. Register for the conference in advance, and then log in to hear the talks, visit the vendors, […]

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How to support depressed workers and reduce absenteeism

Dr. El - September 19, 2018 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: How to support depressed workers and reduce absenteeism As a consulting psychologist, my official job is to provide psychological services to the residents of the nursing homes in which I work. Occasionally, though, I’m asked by a department head to informally assist a staff member in […]

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9 reasons why it’s better to congregate than disperse short-term rehab residents

Dr. El - September 5, 2018 - Business Strategies, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 9 reasons why it’s better to congregate than disperse short-term rehab residents In most of my long-term care career, I’ve witnessed short-term rehabilitation (STR) residents housed together, but occasionally facilities have scattered them throughout the building. I don’t know the reasoning behind dispersing residents, but from […]

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Dr. El’s ‘Quality of Life’ star ratings are the way to go

Dr. El - August 28, 2018 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, Engaging with families, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El’s ‘Quality of Life’ star ratings are the way to go The Nursing Home Compare star rating system assesses quality of care based on health inspections, staffing and quality of resident care measures. It examines important factors such as emergency preparedness, resident/staff ratios, re-hospitalization rates, […]

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The tumult of turnover

Dr. El - July 31, 2018 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The tumult of turnover I once rode down a crowded afternoon elevator with the CEO of a managed care company. “It must be 5:01,” he commented wryly. I heard a measure of scorn for his employees’ lack of dedication to the job. What I saw was […]

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Dr. El featured on Nursing Assistant Guides podcast series

Dr. El - July 29, 2018 - Books/media of note, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists, Talks/Radio shows

NursingAssistantGuides.com, an educational site for certified nursing assistants, has a new podcast series featuring experts in the field of geriatrics and long-term care. The podcasts offer the chance for those considering or working toward becoming a nursing assistant to get insider information about the field. I was pleased to be interviewed by registered nurse Patricia Laramee […]

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Dr. El’s Theory of Angry Activities

Dr. El - July 19, 2018 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, For Recreation Staff, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Stress/Crisis management, Tips for gifts, visits

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El’s Theory of Angry Activities “Scream as loud as you can,” I encouraged my companions before we plunged down the waterslide in our rubber raft at the water park on Independence Day. “There aren’t enough opportunities for yelling in everyday life. Let’s make the most […]

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Vacation envy, or ‘How to get your groove back’

Dr. El - July 5, 2018 - For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Vacation envy, or ‘How to get your groove back’ Perhaps, like me, you’ve recently had time off from work but the only break on the near horizon is a measly midweek Independence Day. Or maybe, like a coworker of mine, you’ve scheduled your summer vacation for […]

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Suicide prevention in the workplace: What employers need to know

Dr. El - June 20, 2018 - Business Strategies, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Suicide prevention in the workplace: What employers need to know With the high-profile deaths this month of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain, the crisis of suicide has been thrust into the spotlight. Suicide deaths in the United States have increased 25% between 1999 and […]

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