Category: End of life

Dr. El’s work mentioned on “Last Comforts” blog

Posted by Dr. El - June 9, 2016 - Books/media of note, End of life, Resident care

I’m pleased to report a nice mention of my work on the blog of journalist Ellen Rand, author of Last Comforts: Notes from the Forefront of Late Life Care. Last Comforts, the book and the blog, focus on improving ways of managing late-life care.  Below is an excerpt of her blog post. The rest can […]

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Full code: Discussing advance directives

Posted by Dr. El - June 8, 2016 - Communication, Customer service, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Full code: Discussing advance directives Assistance in creating a “good death” is a fundamental task of any organization working with elders and may be addressed by a number of team members singly or in combination. Since these discussions are often easier said than done, I thought […]

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Are Families Ready For The Death And Dying Conversation?

Posted by Dr. El - April 5, 2016 - Communication, End of life, Engaging with families

Aging advocate Carol Marak interviewed a group of eldercare experts (including me) regarding their experiences discussing death and dying with elders and their families. Her Huffington Post piece on the topic, excerpted below, suggests that yes, families — and many healthcare providers — are ready to have these important and necessary conversations. Are Families Ready […]

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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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Addressing the healthcare needs of “unrepresented” elders

Posted by Dr. El - September 25, 2015 - End of life, Resident care

In Paula Span’s column today in the New York Times’ New Old Age column, Near the End, It’s Best to Be ‘Friended’, she discusses the increasingly common situation of elders who have no representatives assigned to make healthcare decisions on their behalf. She encourages seniors to dig deep into their social networks to find an appropriate candidate to […]

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Creating Better Deaths in Long-Term Care

Posted by Dr. El - July 8, 2015 - Communication, End of life, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Creating Better Deaths in Long-Term Care I walked into Mr. Hobart’s room, ready for my initial evaluation. He was a thin, graying man whose loose clothes hung in folds around him. He’d spent every day last week in chemo. He spoke quietly, discussing his estrangement from […]

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How to Talk About Dying (Ellen Goodman, NYTimes)

Posted by Dr. El - July 2, 2015 - Communication, End of life, Engaging with families, Resident care

Here’s an important article in the New York Times Opinionator Column by Ellen Goodman, one of the founders of The Conversation Project (which I’m about to investigate further). Note her comment that she expected her mother’s doctors to tell her what to do. The families of our residents are expecting the same from us. How to Talk […]

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Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress

Posted by Dr. El - April 1, 2015 - Communication, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress As a psychologist observing the effects of medical interventions on the mental health of the long-term care resident, I often ask, “Is this aggressive procedure helping?” Such a well-intended question can prompt the team to reconsider […]

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Reflections after an LTC and senior living summit

Posted by Dr. El - February 18, 2015 - Business Strategies, Communication, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Talks/Radio shows

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Reflections after an LTC and senior living summit Last week, I attended the MarcusEvans LTC and Senior Living CXO Summit in Los Angeles, where I delivered a keynote address on “Identifying and Repairing Communication Gaps in LTC.” It was a fascinating, energizing event, and not just […]

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6 ways to improve dealing with death in LTC

Posted by Dr. El - January 21, 2015 - Customer service, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  6 ways to improve dealing with death in LTC There are moments in life that engender important questions. When an individual is born, we ask, “Is it a boy or a girl?” When the person dies, we ask, “What happened?” In long-term care, we’re not around […]

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