Category: Communication

Interview with the Commissioner of the NYC Dept of Aging (Silo-Busting)

Posted by Dr. El - November 9, 2017 - Business Strategies, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident education/Support groups, Transitions in care
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Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Silo-busting Ideas from an interview with Dr. Donna Corrado, Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging Within long-term care, overcoming the problems caused by silos can lead to better care coordination, increased interdepartmental cooperation and reduced work redundancy. My 1-on-1 interview with Donna […]

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Disaster communication: A tale of two mothers-in-law

Posted by Dr. El - September 28, 2017 - Anecdotes, Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Disaster communication: A tale of two mothers-in-law Both of my mothers-in-law live in long-term care communities in Florida. (I’ll keep the backstory about having two MILs a mystery.) One MIL lives in a place that was excellent about how they communicated with family members before, during […]

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You and your staff are very different: Use it to your advantage

Posted by Dr. El - September 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: You and your staff are very different: Use it to your advantage I often speak with healthcare groups, giving psychological insights about a variety of issues within long-term care. Sometimes I address a C-suite audience; other times I train direct care staff. I noticed during the […]

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Calming fears of floods and other catastrophes

Posted by Dr. El - August 31, 2017 - Communication, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Calming fears of floods and other catastrophes By now it’s likely that you, your staff, the residents and their families have seen the incredibly disturbing photo of assisted living residents in Dickinson, TX, sitting in waist-high floodwaters. Thankfully, all the older women in the picture have […]

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Promote your connections

Posted by 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

Posted by 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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Opening the door for ombudsmen

Posted by 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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On power, teamwork and communication

Posted by 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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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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Enhancing the value of LTC by making family visits more rewarding

Posted by Dr. El - December 22, 2016 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Tips for gifts, visits

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Enhancing the value of LTC by making family visits more rewarding In his Dec. 6 McKnight’s Senior Living column, Editorial Director John O’Connor reported on a senior living center in Jiangsu province in China that offers cash rewards to people who visit their loved ones. Ten […]

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