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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

Healthcare changes that burn me out — and burn me up

Dr. El - December 7, 2018 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Healthcare changes that burn me out — and burn me up I was recently required to take an online training module on burnout for physicians and allied professionals. It was the first time in 20-plus years that I’d received a formal message about self-care from any long-term […]

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Trend #5: Re-Envisioning Long-Term Care

Dr. El - November 12, 2018 - Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care, Role of psychologists

The American Psychological Association published an article in the APA Monitor on “Trends to Watch in 2019.” I was pleased to see that geropsychology was Trend #5. Read what my colleagues and I have to say in Tori DeAngelis’ piece on Re-Envisioning Long-Term Care.

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A hopeful day at LeadingAge 2018

Dr. El - November 12, 2018 - Business Strategies, Dementia, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Personal Reflections, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: A hopeful day at LeadingAge 2018 I headed to the 2018 LeadingAge convention last week looking for a fix of long-term care enthusiasm and that’s exactly what I got. I met up with old colleagues, put faces to voices I’d spoken to for years and wandered […]

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Relationships key to long-term care success

Dr. El - October 24, 2018 - Business Strategies, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Relationships key to long-term care success Long-term care success is about steady, reliable relationships. That’s my takeaway after attending two recent conferences that echo my experiences in the field. The first event delivered the results thus far of an ongoing program that won a coveted grant […]

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The sounds of LTC

Dr. El - October 10, 2018 - Communication, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The sounds of LTC Observing the customary cacophony at the nursing station, I’d estimate that so-called “alarm fatigue” contributes to more than a few tragedies in long-term care. Here’s one example that resulted in a lawsuit filing after a resident died when nursing staff ignored the […]

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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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