Welcome to My Better Nursing Home!

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

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Girl, paralyzed for 11 days, surprises favorite nurse by walking (video)

Dr. El - April 22, 2015 - Inspiration, Videos

Here’s an inspiring video that captures how those who work in healthcare feel for those under their care: If you’re unable to see the video embedded above, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75odu9sxwEA

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Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections

Dr. El - April 15, 2015 - 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: Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections The elevator opened up to the third floor of the skilled nursing facility. Wheelchair-bound residents lined the hall across from the nursing station, some silently watching the staff, some snoozing. On the second floor of the nursing home, the […]

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The medical system may treat you well, but less so after you reach age 80

Dr. El - April 10, 2015 - Anecdotes, Communication

This Washington Post article by Louise Aronson, MD perfectly describes the failures of our current medical system to address the problems that affect older patients. The medical system may treat you well, but less so after you reach age 80 The clinic was in a dilapidated old building, yet the entryway retained a worn grandeur. Tapering, […]

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Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress

Dr. El - April 1, 2015 - Communication, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress As a psychologist observing the effects of medical interventions on the mental health of the long-term care resident, I often ask, “Is this aggressive procedure helping?” Such a well-intended question can prompt the team to reconsider […]

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Free Webinar 3/25 @ 2pm ET: 4 Steps to Preventing Senior Bullying in LTC

Dr. El - March 24, 2015 - Bullying/Senior bullying, Resident care, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Wednesday, March 25th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a FREE Webinar on 4 Steps to Preventing Senior Bullying in Long Term Care sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   About the Webinar: Senior living communities often experience problems with bullying among residents. Join psychologist Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera […]

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McKnight’s Free Online Expo 3/25 & 3/26

Dr. El - March 24, 2015 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

          Those who like the convenience of attending a conference without leaving their desks (and the fact that it’s free!) will be pleased to hear that McKnight’s is holding their online Expo tomorrow and Thursday on the following topics: WOUND CARE TRACK: “The current science of pressure ulcer prevention (Or It’s […]

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NET Therapy: Dementia Care Best Practices + Rehab = Success

Dr. El - March 18, 2015 - Dementia, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: NET Therapy: Dementia care best practices + Rehab = Success When I learned about Neurocognitive Engagement Therapy for rehabilitation residents, I had the same reaction I did when I first heard about geriatric emergency rooms: Palm-smack to the forehead, “Why didn’t we think of this before?!” […]

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Dutch students live in nursing homes, keep residents company

Dr. El - March 11, 2015 - Inspiration

Here’s an interesting, thinking-outside-the-box idea: Dutch students choose to live in nursing homes rent-free (as long as they keep the residents company) NINETY-TWO-YEAR-OLD Johanna beams at the 20-year-old stepping into her room — not a visiting grandson, but rather a housemate at her retirement home. Town planning student Jurrien is one of six who have […]

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Senior bullying: How to recognize it, how to handle it

Dr. El - March 4, 2015 - Bullying/Senior bullying, Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  Senior bullying: How to recognize it, how to handle it Things were different when I was a kid. People regularly drove while intoxicated. The high school archery team practiced on the football field while the track team ran around the periphery. Children bullied their peers without […]

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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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