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

Recent Blog Posts

Nudging for umbrellas

Free Webinar 2/25 @ 2pm ET: Motivating LTC Staff with “Nudge” Principles

Dr. El - February 23, 2015 - Communication, Motivating staff, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Wednesday, February 25th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a FREE Webinar on Beyond Carrot and Stick: Motivating LTC Staff with “Nudge” Principles sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   About the Webinar: Employee recognition programs reward staff members for good behavior and discipline techniques (such as suspending staff […]

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El in LA

Reflections after an LTC and senior living summit

Dr. El - February 18, 2015 - Business Strategies, Communication, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Talks/Radio shows

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Reflections after an LTC and senior living summit Last week, I attended the MarcusEvans LTC and Senior Living CXO Summit in Los Angeles, where I delivered a keynote address on “Identifying and Repairing Communication Gaps in LTC.” It was a fascinating, energizing event, and not just […]

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Cheerful Indian Senior Woman

Addressing residents’ deepest fear

Dr. El - February 5, 2015 - Business Strategies, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  Addressing residents’ deepest fear In the TV show “Mad Men,” the Sterling Cooper advertising executives find out how consumers feel about the product they’re pitching by holding focus groups. They ask people who use their product what they like and don’t like about it, how they […]

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Dr. El talks about LTC on radio show, 1/29 at 12 noon ET

Dr. El - January 28, 2015 - Role of psychologists, Talks/Radio shows

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow, 1/29 when I speak about my work as a psychologist in long-term care with Lisa Singer in her Open Forum radio show on Women’s Radio Network. Time: Thursday, January 29th, 12 noon ET Place: Open Forum with Lisa Singer, WRNW1 Click on this link to listen in: www.wrnw1.com/listen-live/ 

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My Better Nursing Home

6 ways to improve dealing with death in LTC

Dr. El - January 21, 2015 - Customer service, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  6 ways to improve dealing with death in LTC There are moments in life that engender important questions. When an individual is born, we ask, “Is it a boy or a girl?” When the person dies, we ask, “What happened?” In long-term care, we’re not around […]

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The New Old Age Blog absorbed into NYT/Health

Dr. El - January 16, 2015 - Books/media of note, Personal Reflections

As regular readers may know, I’m a big fan of The New York Times’ New Old Age column, which has been a treasure trove of information on issues related to aging and caregiving.  It was founded by Jane Gross in 2008 and continued by Paula Span until the recent decision to discontinue the blog. Paula Span […]

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Use ‘nudge principles’ in LTC to prompt staff in the right direction

Dr. El - January 6, 2015 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Psychology Research Translated

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Use ‘nudge principles’ in LTC to prompt staff in the right direction Standing by the salad bar in the newly opened restaurant, I recoiled at the sign that read, “Please don’t use your hands.” I suggested to the manager that the notice should instead advise diners […]

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through LTC …

Dr. El - December 22, 2014 - For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through LTC … ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through long-term care, Decorations sparkled and twinkled — no wall was bare. The recreation department had concerts galore, The residents enjoyed it — they clamored for more. The maintenance […]

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Christmas Presents

Holiday Gifts for Nursing Home Residents

Dr. El - December 17, 2014 - Customer service, Engaging with families, For Families, Tips for gifts, visits

This post, along with my Planning for the Holidays article, could be printed out and left for family members in a prominent location.  Think of it as your gift to every nursing home family.   ~Happy Holidays from Dr. El at MyBetterNursingHome.com With the holiday season upon us, you may be wondering what would make a good […]

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Seeing the ‘invisible patient’ in LTC

Dr. El - December 11, 2014 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Seeing the ‘invisible patient’ in LTC Jane Gross’ recent post Seeing the ‘Invisible Patient’ in the “New Old Age” blog of the New York Times discusses how professionals often ignore the needs of caregivers of the elderly because they are focused on their identified patient. As the […]

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