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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

My Better Nursing Home

From abysmal to mediocre: Encouraging hand hygiene

Dr. El - June 22, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: From abysmal to mediocre: Encouraging hand hygiene As a consultant in long-term care, I learned how to properly wash my hands by reading the hand hygiene poster hung above the sink at one of my first nursing homes. I’ve gotten more diligent over the years (read: […]

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Dr. El’s work mentioned on “Last Comforts” blog

Dr. El - June 9, 2016 - Books/media of note, End of life, Resident care

I’m pleased to report a nice mention of my work on the blog of journalist Ellen Rand, author of Last Comforts: Notes from the Forefront of Late Life Care. Last Comforts, the book and the blog, focus on improving ways of managing late-life care.  Below is an excerpt of her blog post. The rest can […]

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My Better Nursing Home

Full code: Discussing advance directives

Dr. El - June 8, 2016 - Communication, Customer service, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Full code: Discussing advance directives Assistance in creating a “good death” is a fundamental task of any organization working with elders and may be addressed by a number of team members singly or in combination. Since these discussions are often easier said than done, I thought […]

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Depression – AND its treatments – are fall risks

Dr. El - May 25, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Depression – AND its treatments – are fall risks Feeling “down” takes on a wicked double-meaning for some seniors. Even conscientious providers could be unaware of it, let alone know what to do about it. As McKnight’s Staff Writer Emily Mongan points out in “Depression treatments […]

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Creating a dialysis-friendly facility

Dr. El - May 10, 2016 - Business Strategies, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Creating a dialysis-friendly facility Studies show there will be an increasing number of people on dialysis in the coming years. It’s likely many of them will be in long-term care. There is much that can be done to improve the quality of life for these individuals […]

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Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit

Dr. El - April 27, 2016 - For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit I’d read about the Genworth R70i Aging Experience and when I discovered the exhibit was making a brief appearance near me at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, I headed over with my 9-year old assistant to […]

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Help for hoarders, and those who care for them

Dr. El - April 12, 2016 - Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Help for hoarders, and those who care for them It can be challenging for long-term care providers when residents amass large quantities of possessions. Facilities generally worry about hoarding when the amount of belongings prohibits the resident or staff members from safely moving about their room […]

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Are Families Ready For The Death And Dying Conversation?

Dr. El - April 5, 2016 - Communication, End of life, Engaging with families

Aging advocate Carol Marak interviewed a group of eldercare experts (including me) regarding their experiences discussing death and dying with elders and their families. Her Huffington Post piece on the topic, excerpted below, suggests that yes, families — and many healthcare providers — are ready to have these important and necessary conversations. Are Families Ready […]

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Clone this woman. Steal this idea.

Dr. El - March 29, 2016 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Money Issues, Resident care, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Volunteering

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Clone this woman. Steal this idea. A few months ago, I was consulting at the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica, NY, when a remarkable woman named Trudy Schwarz walked down the hall. Her noteworthy qualities were obvious in several ways. A diminutive woman, […]

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McKnight'sExpo

McKnight’s Online Expo, FREE, March 29th and 30th 2016

Dr. El - March 28, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Technology

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: MDS 3.0 Update: Get ready […]

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