Category: Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them

Correcting long-term care’s image problem

Posted by 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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Free Gift! Holiday Savings! New LTC resources from some of the best

Posted by Dr. El - December 7, 2016 - Books/media of note, Bullying/Senior bullying, Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Customer service, Dementia, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News https://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Residents-Guide-Everything-Nursing-ebook/dp/B009Q38X8I/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480881355&sr=1-1

The Savvy Resident’s Guide can help set reasonable expectations for your new residents and families, leading them to view their stays in a more favorable light. To see how, download a FREE Kindle version between December 7-9th and take advantage of Holidays Savings of 20% off bulk orders of 25 or more copies through Friday, December […]

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Super-utilizers: LTC has them too

Posted by Dr. El - July 7, 2016 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Super-utilizers: LTC has them too I was flying home after visiting some family elders last week (a story itself perhaps for another time) when I happened upon a Kaiser Health News article about “super-utilizers” of emergency room services. Research on Medi-Cal, California’s state health insurance for […]

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Help for hoarders, and those who care for them

Posted by 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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Seeing Virginia (an anecdote): Part Two

Posted by Dr. El - February 25, 2016 - Anecdotes, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

Seeing Virginia: Part One Like many of my residents over the years, Virginia had been a nursing assistant prior to her retirement. In our early sessions, I encouraged her to discuss how it felt to be “on the other side of the stethoscope,” as I put it, but she was too focused on the plot […]

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Seeing Virginia (an anecdote): Part One

Posted by Dr. El - February 11, 2016 - Anecdotes, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

The first time I met 87-year old Virginia, it was immediately apparent why the nurses had made the referral. She spoke too quickly, words pouring out one after the other without pause. She had vague theories that a staff member was trying to steal the house she’d vacated a few months ago and attempting to […]

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Behavioral health care — not drugs — for dementia

Posted by Dr. El - September 30, 2015 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Medication issues, Motivating staff, Psychology Research Translated, Role of psychologists, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Behavioral health care — not drugs — for dementia Antipsychotic medications have proved ineffective at reducing the symptoms associated with dementia. They also have serious side effects in older adults, including restlessness, dizziness, higher likelihood of falls and other problems that can contribute to an increased […]

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Dr. El’s Shrinky LTC Fantasy

Posted by Dr. El - August 4, 2015 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident education/Support groups, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El’s Shrinky LTC Fantasy I hung up the phone with the managed care case reviewer. The patient in question was in her late 50s, with multiple sclerosis and other physical problems that had unexpectedly interfered with her ability to return home or even to sit […]

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Use ‘nudge principles’ in LTC to prompt staff in the right direction

Posted by Dr. El - January 6, 2015 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Psychology Research Translated

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Use ‘nudge principles’ in LTC to prompt staff in the right direction Standing by the salad bar in the newly opened restaurant, I recoiled at the sign that read, “Please don’t use your hands.” I suggested to the manager that the notice should instead advise diners […]

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Establishing rapport (an anecdote)

Posted by 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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