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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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Younger Residents subject of Dr. El’s 4/24 CAHCF talk

Dr. El - April 21, 2014 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Resident care, Talks/Radio shows, Younger residents

Join Dr. El this Thursday in Connecticut! The Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities is sponsoring a talk on Meeting the Needs of Younger Residents Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 9am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell, CT For more information and to register: CAHCF.org

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Battling depression: Advice on how to make seniors feel valued by others (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - April 17, 2014 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Battling depression: Advice on how to make seniors feel valued by others Research shows that the rate of depression among elders in senior residences is 24% to 27%. It’s not that every fourth resident you greet in the hallway is depressed. It’s that we should be […]

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Savvy Resident’s Guide nominated for Best Books for Aging and Caregiving! Please vote!

Dr. El - April 7, 2014 - Nominations/Awards, Savvy Guide reviews

I’m pleased to announce that The Savvy Resident’s Guide has been nominated as one of the Best Books for Aging and Caregiving in the Senior Homes 2014 Best Senior Living Awards contest. Your vote is needed! Please click on the yellow badge link below and vote for The Savvy Resident’s Guide on the Senior Homes […]

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The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - April 3, 2014 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Dementia, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes I watched with dismay as the nurse abruptly moved a table in front of a confused and agitated resident trying to leave the dining room. “Sit down!” she told him in a stern voice. “Dinner will be here […]

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Amazon Review #4 of The Savvy Resident’s Guide

Dr. El - March 28, 2014 - Books/media of note, Savvy Guide reviews

4 out 5 stars   A must read for anyone who thinks they may need a home in the future By Kat Hohler  This book is easy reading (larger print) with understandable language that doesn’t say you should enter a nursing facility, but what to expect if you do need one. I have shared with my coworkers […]

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I finally visit a Green House — and it blows my mind! (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - March 20, 2014 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: I finally visit a Green House (and it blows my mind!) In my last post, I discussed culture change and its positive impact on the mental health of the residents, particularly at Eden Alternative facilities. I recently also had the opportunity to tour a Green House, which I’d […]

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“Dementia Village” in the Netherlands (video)

Dr. El - March 11, 2014 - Dementia, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Videos

Many readers are familiar with people with dementia who want to “go home” when staff members leave at the end of their shifts or who “shop” for belongings in the drawers of other residents. It can be challenging for staff to redirect individuals intent upon leaving and upsetting for the people who are being prevented […]

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Reducing depression through person-centered care (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - March 6, 2014 - Business Strategies, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Reducing depression through person-centered care I was speaking about leadership to a group of administrators recently when the discussion turned to person-centered care. “Culture change, the Eden Alternative, whatever you call it,” I said, “things are moving in that direction. MDS 3.0 has the team asking […]

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Aunt Sylvia keeps busy (video)

Dr. El - February 26, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia, For Fun, Inspiration, Videos

Aunt Sylvia keeps busy in her 3rd video. http://youtu.be/B9pJtYfERN4

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How to better foster community among long-term care residents (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - February 20, 2014 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: How to better foster community among long-term care residents Mr. Cooper was staring out the window when I came by to see him for his weekly psychotherapy session. “There’s no one here to talk to except you,” he said despondently. “You’re the fourth resident who told […]

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