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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

Dr. El in a lift

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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NHSeniorWoman

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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NHHappyWomanClapping

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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NHOldLadyIntense

Honoring Outstanding Residents and Others

Dr. El - September 26, 2014 - Books/media of note, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Signature HealthCARE alerted me (via Tweet!) about their Quality of Life program where they recognize outstanding residents and others in their community. On October 9th at 6pm ET, Signature HealthCARE will simultaneously induct over 350 distinguished individuals in 87 care centers into their Hall of Fame. The Signature Hall of Fame website contains a gallery […]

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NHAideAnnoyed

Preventing difficult family situations (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - September 16, 2014 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Preventing difficult family situations I listened with great interest last week to McKnight’s Fall Expo talk on Pain relief: Dealing with difficult family and resident situations. Attorney Matthew J. Murer provided excellent information on how to work with families to prevent conflicts over treatment and other […]

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Dick Weinman

Assisted Living Documentary by Resident Dick Weinman

Dr. El - September 11, 2014 - Books/media of note, Customer service, Inspiration, Resident care

As a psychologist, I have the privilege of hearing the perspective of residents on a regular basis. For those of you who aren’t so lucky, here’s an insightful video by a resident of an assisted living facility. Dick Weinman, retired professor of broadcast communications at Oregon State University, author and former radio personality, provides a […]

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Reducing antipsych meds: 5 ways psychologists can help (McKnight’s LTC News)

Dr. El - September 4, 2014 - Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Dementia, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Medication issues, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Reducing antipsych meds: 5 ways psychologists can help With the mandate to reduce the use of antipsychotics, many facilities are looking for alternative methods to address the behaviors often associated with dementia. There are several good resources available for training staff (such as the Center for […]

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Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera

5 Ways to Encourage Teamwork in Your LTC Facility: Free Webinar 9/4

Dr. El - August 26, 2014 - Aunt Sylvia, Business Strategies, Communication, Motivating staff

Join Dr. El Thursday, August 4th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a  FREE Webinar on 5 Ways to Encourage Teamwork in Your LTC Facility sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events   Aunt Sylvia at the nursing station, discussing teamwork: Click here or view below: http://youtu.be/7KTqBbjaJro       About the Webinar: How […]

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