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ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit

Dr. El - July 18, 2017 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit I was at the nursing station the other day when some unusual cracking noises caused me to look up from my documentation. A very old, petite lady was sitting in her wheelchair popping bubble wrap. She wore th e same […]

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Why (culture) change is so hard and what to do about it

Dr. El - July 6, 2017 - Business Strategies, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Why (culture) change is so hard and what to do about it The team huddled around the nursing station talking in panicked whispers after the management meeting ended. “How do they expect us to do that?” a young nurse wondered. “Yeah,” an aide replied, “we’re stretched […]

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Promote your connections

Dr. El - June 22, 2017 - Business Strategies, Communication, Engaging with families, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Promote your connections  One of the things that most brightens my workday is when I see long-term care residents hanging out together. In particular, I’ve noticed two ladies who attend activities in tandem wearing dresses with hats and costume jewelry, a threesome of confused residents who […]

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The “last day” protocol

Dr. El - June 8, 2017 - Communication, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident care, Stress/Crisis management, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The “last day” protocol I waited outside the room until the rehab therapists finished talking to Jim, who’d been admitted to the nursing home the night before. I read over the basic info on his face sheet before my consult. Jim was an 87-year old widower […]

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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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