Category: Dementia

A ‘novel-la’ way to educate families about dementia

Posted by Dr. El - January 19, 2017 - Dementia, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: A ‘novel-la’ way to educate families about dementia As I’ve mentioned in past columns, delivering high quality care for residents and their families means accepting our role not only as care providers but also as educators throughout the process. This often involves teaching family members about […]

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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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The secret to LTC success? A focus on well-being

Posted by Dr. El - November 12, 2015 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Dementia, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Medication issues, Motivating staff, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The secret to LTC success? A focus on well-being Despite the diversity of the events I attended during my brief visit to the LeadingAge convention in Boston last week, a theme clearly emerged. The thread that ran through the varied offerings was well-being. Retaining staff In […]

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WHCOA: LeadingAge Summary

Posted by Dr. El - July 15, 2015 - Communication, Dementia, Inspiration, Technology, Transitions in care

I wrote about the White House Conference on Aging last October, noting that it was a “once-a-decade” national conference about the needs of our aging population.” (McKnight’s LTC News, October 2014) Below, LeadingAge summarizes the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which took place on Monday: 10 Things that Happened at the White House Conference on […]

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Psychologists open up about LTC sex and dementia

Posted by Dr. El - May 27, 2015 - Dementia, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Psychologists open up about LTC sex and dementia A recent Iowa court case acquitted Henry Rayhons of sexually abusing his wife, who had Alzheimer’s dementia and lived in a nursing home. The case not only prompted national debate, it led those in long-term care to consider […]

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The Many Riches of Senior Living Conferences

Posted by Dr. El - May 13, 2015 - Bullying/Senior bullying, Dementia, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The Many Riches of Senior Living Conferences I’ve been fortunate enough to attend several senior living conventions recently and my enthusiasm for the experience has yet to diminish. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to be present for a conference (or if it’s been a […]

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NET Therapy: Dementia Care Best Practices + Rehab = Success

Posted by Dr. El - March 18, 2015 - Dementia, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: NET Therapy: Dementia care best practices + Rehab = Success When I learned about Neurocognitive Engagement Therapy for rehabilitation residents, I had the same reaction I did when I first heard about geriatric emergency rooms: Palm-smack to the forehead, “Why didn’t we think of this before?!” […]

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Creative activities for residents with dementia (McKnight’s LTC News)

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

Posted by 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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The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - April 3, 2014 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Dementia, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes I watched with dismay as the nurse abruptly moved a table in front of a confused and agitated resident trying to leave the dining room. “Sit down!” she told him in a stern voice. “Dinner will be here […]

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