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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

Remember to breathe

Dr. El - March 14, 2017 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Remember to breathe I was putting the finishing touches on my article for this week’s column when I paused to consider the headlines on McKnight’s right now. “Don’t be worried about Medicaid funding, be very afraid,” advises Editorial Director John O’Connor. Staff Writer Emily Mongan alerts […]

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Join me for the ‘Relaxed Lane’ challenge!

Dr. El - March 1, 2017 - Customer service, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Volunteering

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Join me for the ‘Relaxed Lane’ challenge! Denise B. Scott, president of Drive Consulting, posted an intriguing story on LinkedIn the other day about a Scottish supermarket that partners with Alzheimer Scotland to help those with memory loss. The workers are trained to understand how to […]

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McKnight’s Free Online Expo 3/14 & 3/15

Dr. El - March 1, 2017 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Once again, McKnight’s will host its annual 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, and chat with the reps and attendees.   This year’s topics are: PAYMENT: ​Medicare compliance update: Are […]

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Correcting long-term care’s image problem

Dr. El - February 15, 2017 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Communication, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident education/Support groups, Role of psychologists, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Correcting long-term care’s image problem Long-term care has an image problem. For a variety of reasons, we aren’t associated with good times. There are things we can do to turn this around, though, starting with the perceptions of our residents. Most people who come to live […]

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10 ways to incorporate mood-boosting exercise into LTC

Dr. El - January 31, 2017 - Business Strategies, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 10 ways to incorporate mood-boosting exercise into LTC Cold weather. An uncertain world. Rogue shrinks making the rest of us caring, diligent professionals look bad. I don’t know about you, but I need a mood lifter. I came across an article that suggests that exercise of […]

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A ‘novel-la’ way to educate families about dementia

Dr. El - January 19, 2017 - Dementia, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: A ‘novel-la’ way to educate families about dementia As I’ve mentioned in past columns, delivering high quality care for residents and their families means accepting our role not only as care providers but also as educators throughout the process. This often involves teaching family members about […]

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Successful New Year’s resolutions, LTC-style

Dr. El - January 3, 2017 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Successful New Year’s resolutions, LTC-style I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I do, however, have a list of goals I’d like to accomplish this year, including editing the first draft of my novel, finishing the illustrated book I started, scheduling more speaking engagements, and writing more […]

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Enhancing the value of LTC by making family visits more rewarding

Dr. El - December 22, 2016 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Tips for gifts, visits

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Enhancing the value of LTC by making family visits more rewarding In his Dec. 6 McKnight’s Senior Living column, Editorial Director John O’Connor reported on a senior living center in Jiangsu province in China that offers cash rewards to people who visit their loved ones. Ten […]

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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

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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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