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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."

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https://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Residents-Guide-Everything-Nursing-ebook/dp/B009Q38X8I/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480881355&sr=1-1

Free Gift! Holiday Savings! New LTC resources from some of the best

Dr. El - December 7, 2016 - Books/media of note, Bullying/Senior bullying, Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Customer service, Dementia, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

The Savvy Resident’s Guide can help set reasonable expectations for your new residents and families, leading them to view their stays in a more favorable light. To see how, download a FREE Kindle version between December 7-9th and take advantage of Holidays Savings of 20% off bulk orders of 25 or more copies through Friday, December […]

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6 steps to manage post-election reactions in LTC

Dr. El - November 22, 2016 - Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident education/Support groups, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 6 steps to manage post-election reactions in LTC The 2016 presidential election has revealed a deep rift in our country, and quite possibly in our long-term care facilities as well. While some employees and residents are pleased about the election results, it’s likely that others in […]

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Suicide prevention in older adults

Dr. El - November 10, 2016 - Communication, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Role of psychologists, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Suicide prevention in older adults In preparing for a webinar on suicide prevention, I came across startling statistics about suicide rates among older adults. Despite the concern we often hear about teen suicide, the rate for elders is even higher. While older adults make up 12% […]

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https://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Residents-Guide-Everything-Nursing-ebook/dp/B009Q38X8I/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480881355&sr=1-1

Advocates for Empathy in Eldercare Review My Book, “The Savvy Resident’s Guide”

Dr. El - November 5, 2016 - Inspiration, Personal Reflections, Savvy Guide reviews, Something Good About Nursing Homes

The theologian, Paul Tillich, once said, “The first duty of love is to listen.” This quote came to my mind when I read the kind review of my book, “The Savvy Resident’s Guide,” by Yang of CNAEdge. It feels good to be heard. In return, I want to thank Yang and his colleagues, Alice and […]

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Playing the LTC lottery

Dr. El - October 27, 2016 - Business Strategies, For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Playing the LTC lottery After reading a recent New York Times Opinion piece about the uses of lotteries to solve social problems, I began contemplating their potential application to long-term care. According to “For Better Citizenship, Scratch and Win,” lotteries have been used to encourage voting, […]

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3 surprising reasons to strengthen your resident council

Dr. El - October 11, 2016 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident/Family councils

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 3 surprising reasons to strengthen your resident council When it comes to resident councils, it’s often thought that an active resident council might seem good in theory, but that it’s offset by the amount of staff time required to devote to the process and concern that […]

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A psychotherapy story: Mabel and Liza

Dr. El - October 4, 2016 - Anecdotes, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Inspiration, Role of psychologists

Mabel was in her late 80s, had lost a leg to diabetes and didn’t hear well. She’d been suicidal upon her admission to the nursing home, but the team had worked hard to stabilize her mood. Months later, she wasn’t exactly happy, but she and Liza, her young private aide, attended activities together and she no […]

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4 ways to find out why your aides are leaving

Dr. El - September 28, 2016 - Books/media of note, Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 4 ways to find out why your aides are leaving Once, when I worked for a managed care company, I rode down a packed elevator with the CEO, who commented drily on the crowd, saying, “It must be 5:01.” What I thought, but did not say, […]

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Bicycle Riding for Residents (video)

Dr. El - September 21, 2016 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Technology

Adaptive tandem bicycles allow residents the pleasure of riding a bike and feeling the breeze through their hair. As John Brunow of All Ability Cycles puts it in the video below, an adaptive bicycle event triggers reminiscence, stimulates appetites, and reduces depression. Sounds like a win, win, win to me!

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To reduce staff turnover, lead with LTC strengths

Dr. El - September 16, 2016 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: To reduce staff turnover, lead with LTC strengths When I spoke about the challenges of staff turnover at the Louisiana Nursing Home Association convention last week, I asked the group, “If you were able to bring in the same salary you were currently making, would you […]

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