Category: Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse

10 ways to incorporate mood-boosting exercise into LTC

Posted by 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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Suicide prevention in older adults

Posted by Dr. El - November 10, 2016 - Communication, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Role of psychologists, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Suicide prevention in older adults In preparing for a webinar on suicide prevention, I came across startling statistics about suicide rates among older adults. Despite the concern we often hear about teen suicide, the rate for elders is even higher. While older adults make up 12% […]

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A psychotherapy story: Mabel and Liza

Posted by Dr. El - October 4, 2016 - Anecdotes, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Inspiration, Role of psychologists

Mabel was in her late 80s, had lost a leg to diabetes and didn’t hear well. She’d been suicidal upon her admission to the nursing home, but the team had worked hard to stabilize her mood. Months later, she wasn’t exactly happy, but she and Liza, her young private aide, attended activities together and she no […]

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Bicycle Riding for Residents (video)

Posted by Dr. El - September 21, 2016 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Technology

Adaptive tandem bicycles allow residents the pleasure of riding a bike and feeling the breeze through their hair. As John Brunow of All Ability Cycles puts it in the video below, an adaptive bicycle event triggers reminiscence, stimulates appetites, and reduces depression. Sounds like a win, win, win to me!

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Reflections on the value of psychology services

Posted by Dr. El - July 28, 2016 - Anecdotes, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

When psychologists provide direct care services to long-term care residents, a note is required for every session, documenting symptoms, therapeutic interventions and other information proving that each and every session is medically necessary. The goals and progress of treatment are reviewed every three months. Audits and case reviews by insurers are not uncommon. Other disciplines in the […]

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Dr. El’s subversive guide to culture change

Posted by Dr. El - February 2, 2016 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El’s subversive guide to culture change We often think of culture change as a formal process initiated by company leaders that involves setting organizational goals and moving employees in big and small ways toward those goals. But culture change also can be a grassroots effort […]

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Harnessing gratitude

Posted by Dr. El - June 10, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Harnessing Gratitude Though it was close to 20 years ago, I’ll never forget the reaction of one of my patients to losing both of her legs to diabetes. “I’m 81 years old and I’ve traveled and danced as much as I could. I wasn’t sick a […]

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Free Webinar 5/20 @2pm ET: 9 Ways to Improve the Effectiveness of your Social Work Department & Increase LTC Resident Satisfaction

Posted by Dr. El - May 18, 2015 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Engaging with families, Motivating staff, Talks/Radio shows

Join Dr. El Wednesday, May 20th at 2pm Eastern Time (1pm Central Time) for a FREE Webinar on 9 Ways to Improve the Effectiveness of your Social Work Department & Increase LTC Resident Satisfaction sponsored by EmLogis To register: visit EmLogis Events About the webinar: Are your residents depressed, their families distressed, and your staff […]

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‘Okie El’ rocks out, and then veges out

Posted by Dr. El - April 28, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Talks/Radio shows

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ‘Okie El’ rocks out, and then veges out Given that the bulk of my prior knowledge of Oklahoma came from a 72-year-old musical performed by my class during grade school, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I arrived in Norman for the 2015 Oklahoma […]

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Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections

Posted by Dr. El - April 15, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections The elevator opened up to the third floor of the skilled nursing facility. Wheelchair-bound residents lined the hall across from the nursing station, some silently watching the staff, some snoozing. On the second floor of the nursing home, the […]

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