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My Better Nursing Home & LTC!

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

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NYTimes: Fashion’s Newest Frontier: The Disabled and the Displaced

Dr. El - July 21, 2016 - Resident care, Technology, Tips for gifts, visits

In Fashion’s Newest Frontier: The Disabled and the Displaced, author Vanessa Friedman writes about clothing for people with disabilities, referred to as “healthwear.” Among the items now available are Magnaready‘s clothes with magnetic closures rather than difficult-to-manage buttons, and shirts by Care + Wear designed for people with medical ports so that they can stay […]

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Carer Helping Senior Man With Walking Frame

Racism and LTC

Dr. El - July 19, 2016 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Racism and LTC A friend of mine called me this week, upset about the racial tension making headlines in the news. We discussed what we could do as individuals to improve the situation. “I called a friend of mine of a different race,” she said. “I […]

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NYTimes: Too Old for Sex? Not at This Nursing Home

Dr. El - July 14, 2016 - Books/media of note, Business Strategies, Customer service, Resident education/Support groups, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Food for thought in this New York Times article: Too Old for Sex? Not at This Nursing Home By WINNIE HU JULY 12, 2016 When Audrey Davison met someone special at her nursing home, she wanted to love her man. Her nurses and aides at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale did not try to stop […]

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Super-utilizers: LTC has them too

Dr. El - July 7, 2016 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Super-utilizers: LTC has them too I was flying home after visiting some family elders last week (a story itself perhaps for another time) when I happened upon a Kaiser Health News article about “super-utilizers” of emergency room services. Research on Medi-Cal, California’s state health insurance for […]

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My Better Nursing Home

From abysmal to mediocre: Encouraging hand hygiene

Dr. El - June 22, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: From abysmal to mediocre: Encouraging hand hygiene As a consultant in long-term care, I learned how to properly wash my hands by reading the hand hygiene poster hung above the sink at one of my first nursing homes. I’ve gotten more diligent over the years (read: […]

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Dr. El’s work mentioned on “Last Comforts” blog

Dr. El - June 9, 2016 - Books/media of note, End of life, Resident care

I’m pleased to report a nice mention of my work on the blog of journalist Ellen Rand, author of Last Comforts: Notes from the Forefront of Late Life Care. Last Comforts, the book and the blog, focus on improving ways of managing late-life care.  Below is an excerpt of her blog post. The rest can […]

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My Better Nursing Home

Full code: Discussing advance directives

Dr. El - June 8, 2016 - Communication, Customer service, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Full code: Discussing advance directives Assistance in creating a “good death” is a fundamental task of any organization working with elders and may be addressed by a number of team members singly or in combination. Since these discussions are often easier said than done, I thought […]

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Carer Helping Senior Man With Walking Frame

Depression – AND its treatments – are fall risks

Dr. El - May 25, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Depression – AND its treatments – are fall risks Feeling “down” takes on a wicked double-meaning for some seniors. Even conscientious providers could be unaware of it, let alone know what to do about it. As McKnight’s Staff Writer Emily Mongan points out in “Depression treatments […]

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Creating a dialysis-friendly facility

Dr. El - May 10, 2016 - Business Strategies, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Creating a dialysis-friendly facility Studies show there will be an increasing number of people on dialysis in the coming years. It’s likely many of them will be in long-term care. There is much that can be done to improve the quality of life for these individuals […]

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Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit

Dr. El - April 27, 2016 - For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit I’d read about the Genworth R70i Aging Experience and when I discovered the exhibit was making a brief appearance near me at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, I headed over with my 9-year old assistant to […]

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