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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

What if psychologists ruled the (LTC) world… (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - July 24, 2014 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: What if psychologists ruled the (LTC) world… In the medically focused setting of long-term care, psychologists are mindful of the emotional environment. While most psychologists almost exclusively address the mental health of the residents due to the current reimbursement system, we’re also aware of the interactions […]

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Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera

Preventing Burnout in LTC: Free Webinar 7/17

Dr. El - July 16, 2014 - Motivating staff, Stress/Crisis management, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Thursday, July 17th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a  FREE Webinar on Preventing Burnout in Long-Term Care sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   Aunt Sylvia discusses burnout:  http://youtu.be/sIh274aoIF8?list=UUmfhLE_11Y9evQxu-dGxIXg About the webinar: Long-term care can be a stressful work environment, contributing to job dissatisfaction, turnover, injury and […]

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Preventing burnout in long-term care (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - July 10, 2014 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Preventing burnout in long-term care In my recent post, “Stuff I won’t do for residents and why your staff shouldn’t either,” I wrote about the need for individual workers to set appropriate boundaries around caregiving in order to retain the ability to give without burning out. […]

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Personal Needs Allowance

Take this to the bank: How to reduce money stress for LTC residents (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - June 30, 2014 - Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Money Issues, Tips for gifts, visits

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Take this to the bank: How to reduce money stress for LTC residents It was noon at the nursing home and the staff was busy wheeling residents into the dining room. “Are you going to buy me lunch today?” an aide joked as she unlocked the […]

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Bodybuilder boosts seniors’ physical confidence (inspiring video from NYT)

Dr. El - June 21, 2014 - For Fun, For Recreation Staff, For Rehab Therapists, For Residents, Inspiration

This article and accompanying video from the New York Times shows the power of a compassionate and inspirational leader and the willingness and dedication of a student (who happens to be 90). Falls prevention at its best. Be sure to check out the photos in the article. And now please excuse me, I’m going to go work […]

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Dr. El’s McKnight’s column wins APEX award!

Dr. El - June 16, 2014 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Nominations/Awards

I’m pleased to share with you that my McKnight’s column, “The World According to Dr. El,” is the winner of a 2014 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the Blog Content category! My column can be found at McKnight’s: The World According to Dr. El

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The psychology behind good customer service (and why it’s more important than you think) — McKnight’s LTC News

Dr. El - June 12, 2014 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:   The psychology behind good customer service (and why it’s more important than you think) At the front desk, the workers were having an argument. Some residents watched the proceedings with interest and others with expressions of alarm. A waiting family member shifted from one leg […]

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Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera

Creating a successful employee recognition program: Free webinar on 6/4/14

Dr. El - June 3, 2014 - Business Strategies, Motivating staff, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Wednesday, June 4th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a  FREE Webinar on Creating a successful employee recognition program sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events  

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Implementing an employee recognition program: Tips for success (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - May 29, 2014 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  Implementing an employee recognition program: Tips for success One of my recent posts, Employee recognition programs: What works, focused on the benefits of recognition and key points in choosing a recognition program. Now I’d like to address how to implement your chosen employee recognition program so […]

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Dr. El and Dr. Bill Thomas

The Second Wind Tour

Dr. El - May 22, 2014 - Anecdotes, Books/media of note, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Last month I had the chance to attend the launch of Dr. Bill Thomas’ new book, Second Wind. Bill Thomas, founder of the Eden Alternative and creator of The Green House, has written many books about changing the culture of care in nursing homes. In his new book, he shifts his focus to helping readers […]

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