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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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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Reflections after an LTC and senior living summit

Dr. El - February 18, 2015 - Business Strategies, Communication, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Talks/Radio shows

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Reflections after an LTC and senior living summit Last week, I attended the MarcusEvans LTC and Senior Living CXO Summit in Los Angeles, where I delivered a keynote address on “Identifying and Repairing Communication Gaps in LTC.” It was a fascinating, energizing event, and not just […]

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Addressing residents’ deepest fear

Dr. El - February 5, 2015 - Business Strategies, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  Addressing residents’ deepest fear In the TV show “Mad Men,” the Sterling Cooper advertising executives find out how consumers feel about the product they’re pitching by holding focus groups. They ask people who use their product what they like and don’t like about it, how they […]

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Dr. El talks about LTC on radio show, 1/29 at 12 noon ET

Dr. El - January 28, 2015 - Role of psychologists, Talks/Radio shows

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow, 1/29 when I speak about my work as a psychologist in long-term care with Lisa Singer in her Open Forum radio show on Women’s Radio Network. Time: Thursday, January 29th, 12 noon ET Place: Open Forum with Lisa Singer, WRNW1 Click on this link to listen in: www.wrnw1.com/listen-live/ 

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