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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

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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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Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera

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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Inspiring street musician (video)

Dr. El - October 27, 2014 - For Fun, Inspiration

The beautiful music in this video reminds me that each resident holds secret treasures if we take the time to stop to listen. Listen to the video below or at this link:  http://youtu.be/s3PGNnG1OGw

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Dear Diary, Last week I attended my first AHCA convention … (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - October 16, 2014 - For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dear Diary, Last week I attended my first AHCA convention … There’s nothing like the first time you get to meet people, attend education sessions and see the exhibit hall at the American Health Care Association, as I found out last week. 10/5/14, 2 p.m. — […]

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Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera

LTC Customer Service Fails topic of 10/16/14 radio show

Dr. El - October 15, 2014 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Resident care, Talks/Radio shows

Tomorrow, 10/16, I’ll be a guest on “When Things Go Wrong,” the Wharton Business Radio show of professor Christian Terwiesch. The live show is 10/16 at 4pm ET and I’ll be on at 4:30pm. Professor Terwiesch will be addressing customer services issues in long-term care. They don’t provide the questions in advance so I have […]

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Establishing rapport (an anecdote)

Dr. El - October 10, 2014 - Anecdotes, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Role of psychologists

“I’M THE NEW PSYCHOLOGIST,” I screamed. “DO YOU HAVE A HEARING AID?” “What?” Ms. Oakes replied. The rest of our first session went downhill from there. I stopped at the nursing station on the way off the unit. “She never wears her hearing aid,” the nurse reported. “I’ve got it right here but she refuses.” […]

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Creative activities for residents with dementia (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - October 3, 2014 - Dementia, For Recreation Staff, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Creative activities for residents with dementia Greetings from Montana! I was in Billings last week conducting a training session for the Montana Department of Health. An enthusiastic group of over 100 LTC staff members from various departments joined the discussion and I came away with some […]

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Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera

Using Psychology to Motivate Staff: Free webinar 10/2

Dr. El - September 29, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia, Business Strategies, Motivating staff, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Thursday, October 2nd at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a FREE Webinar on Using Psychology to Motivate Staff sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   Aunt Sylvia Motivates the Staff: Click here or view below: http://youtu.be/byhU_OgiIaY         About the Webinar: Create a sense of hope and […]

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