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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

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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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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Secrets to Creating an Emotionally Healthy Environment for Residents: Webinar 12/10

Dr. El - December 8, 2014 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Wednesday, December 10th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a FREE Webinar on Secrets to Creating an Emotionally Healthy Environment for Residents sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   About the Webinar: Is lack of attention to residents’ emotional health undermining your efforts to provide good medical care? […]

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Transitioning to Long-Term Care: What Your Loved One Wishes They Could Tell You

Dr. El - December 3, 2014 - CareConversations.org, For Families, Transitions in care

My second post at Care Conversations.org focuses on easing the transition to long-term care for families. Transitioning to Long-Term Care: What Your Loved One Wishes They Could Tell You As a psychologist, I’ve talked with hundreds of residents as they transition to living in a Skilled Nursing Care center. In the privacy of a psychotherapy […]

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5 Steps to Becoming a Part of the Nursing Home Team

Dr. El - December 1, 2014 - CareConversations.org, For Families, Transitions in care

I’m excited to let you know about my recent post for family members at Care Conversations.org.  Readers who are long-term care staff members will find it a helpful resource to share with family members. 5 Steps to Becoming a Part of the Nursing Home Team Moving to an assisted living or a skilled nursing facility can be […]

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10 reasons I’m thankful to work in LTC

Dr. El - November 26, 2014 - Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 10 reasons I’m thankful to work in LTC Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, I take a special moment for gratitude and to reflect on the many blessings of my life. I owe a lot of them to working in long-term care, and my LTC career is […]

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