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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

Christmas Presents

Holiday Gifts for Nursing Home Residents

Dr. El - December 17, 2014 - Customer service, Engaging with families, For Families, Tips for gifts, visits

This post, along with my Planning for the Holidays article, could be printed out and left for family members in a prominent location.  Think of it as your gift to every nursing home family.   ~Happy Holidays from Dr. El at MyBetterNursingHome.com With the holiday season upon us, you may be wondering what would make a good […]

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Seeing the ‘invisible patient’ in LTC

Dr. El - December 11, 2014 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Seeing the ‘invisible patient’ in LTC Jane Gross’ recent post Seeing the ‘Invisible Patient’ in the “New Old Age” blog of the New York Times discusses how professionals often ignore the needs of caregivers of the elderly because they are focused on their identified patient. As the […]

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Secrets to Creating an Emotionally Healthy Environment for Residents: Webinar 12/10

Dr. El - December 8, 2014 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Wednesday, December 10th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a FREE Webinar on Secrets to Creating an Emotionally Healthy Environment for Residents sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   About the Webinar: Is lack of attention to residents’ emotional health undermining your efforts to provide good medical care? […]

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Transitioning to Long-Term Care: What Your Loved One Wishes They Could Tell You

Dr. El - December 3, 2014 - CareConversations.org, For Families, Transitions in care

My second post at Care Conversations.org focuses on easing the transition to long-term care for families. Transitioning to Long-Term Care: What Your Loved One Wishes They Could Tell You As a psychologist, I’ve talked with hundreds of residents as they transition to living in a Skilled Nursing Care center. In the privacy of a psychotherapy […]

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5 Steps to Becoming a Part of the Nursing Home Team

Dr. El - December 1, 2014 - CareConversations.org, For Families, Transitions in care

I’m excited to let you know about my recent post for family members at Care Conversations.org.  Readers who are long-term care staff members will find it a helpful resource to share with family members. 5 Steps to Becoming a Part of the Nursing Home Team Moving to an assisted living or a skilled nursing facility can be […]

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10 reasons I’m thankful to work in LTC

Dr. El - November 26, 2014 - Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 10 reasons I’m thankful to work in LTC Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, I take a special moment for gratitude and to reflect on the many blessings of my life. I owe a lot of them to working in long-term care, and my LTC career is […]

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Planning for the holidays

Dr. El - November 21, 2014 - Communication, Engaging with families, For Families, Tips for gifts, visits, Videos

With the start of the holiday season, it’s time for this perennial post from Dr. El at mybetternursinghome.com:               ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas… And 83-year old Albertha assured me her family was planning to take her home for the holidays. “Have you talked to them about it? Have […]

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Working on how to communicate in facilities (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - November 14, 2014 - Business Strategies, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Working on how to communicate in facilities Poor communication and coordination between staff members contribute to medication errors and adverse events. These problems are more likely to occur during a transition of care from one setting to another. AMDA, The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care […]

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Creating an Emotionally Healthy Workplace: Free Webinar 11/12

Dr. El - November 7, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia, Business Strategies, Talks/Radio shows, Videos

Join Dr. El Wednesday, November 12th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a FREE Webinar on Creating an Emotionally Healthy Workplace sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   Aunt Sylvia Stays Psychologically Healthy: Click here or view below: http://youtu.be/NlNZVnmNpfo         About the Webinar: Is your work environment undermining the […]

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The White House Conference on Aging: Why it should matter to you (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - October 30, 2014 - For All, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The White House Conference on Aging: Why it should matter to you If you, like me, completely missed the 2005 White House Conference on Aging (or if you weren’t in the field at the time), you may be wondering what the WHCOA is, what it does, […]

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