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The violent workplace

Dr. El - May 25, 2017 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The violent workplace Last week a nurse, aide and police chief were killed at an Ohio nursing home, along with the gunman, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. While it’s impossible to prevent all tragic events, especially those involving an armed assailant entering the building […]

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Opening the door for ombudsmen

Dr. El - May 10, 2017 - Business Strategies, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident/Family councils

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Opening the door for ombudsmen Last week during a talk at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging 2017 Ombudsman Conference, audience members told me that they’re having difficulty speaking to administrators and other senior staff when they visit the facilities. In fact, some people reported that the […]

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Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident

Dr. El - April 26, 2017 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident Due to a series of unfortunate events, both of my previously independent parents were recently injured over the course of five weeks. In the past, I’d been the granddaughter, the niece and […]

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On power, teamwork and communication

Dr. El - April 13, 2017 - Business Strategies, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: On power, teamwork and communication Having enough of it at work, I tend to avoid drama in my entertainment choices unless it involves aliens or post-apocalyptic nonsense. My family and I are currently enjoying the creative spectacle of Project Runway “Teams” version from a few seasons […]

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Enthusiasm and ingenious inventions at the NYC Aging2.0 Global Startup Pitch Event

Dr. El - March 31, 2017 - Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Enthusiasm and ingenious inventions at the NYC Aging2.0 Global Startup Pitch Event Perhaps, like me, you’ve heard of Aging2.0 but hadn’t had the opportunity to attend one of their events. When I discovered that they were holding a pitch session a subway ride away from my […]

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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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