Category: For Families

Planning for the Holidays

Posted by Dr. El - November 20, 2015 - Communication, Engaging with families, For Families, Tips for gifts, visits, Videos

With the start of the holiday season, it’s time for this perennial post from Dr. El:   ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas… And 83-year old Albertha assured me her family was planning to take her home for the holidays. “Have you talked to them about it? Have they called the social worker to arrange a […]

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Holiday Gifts for Nursing Home Residents

Posted by Dr. El - December 17, 2014 - Customer service, Engaging with families, For Families, Tips for gifts, visits

This post, along with my Planning for the Holidays article, could be printed out and left for family members in a prominent location.  Think of it as your gift to every nursing home family.   ~Happy Holidays from Dr. El at MyBetterNursingHome.com With the holiday season upon us, you may be wondering what would make a good […]

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Transitioning to Long-Term Care: What Your Loved One Wishes They Could Tell You

Posted by Dr. El - December 3, 2014 - CareConversations.org, For Families, Transitions in care

My second post at Care Conversations.org focuses on easing the transition to long-term care for families. Transitioning to Long-Term Care: What Your Loved One Wishes They Could Tell You As a psychologist, I’ve talked with hundreds of residents as they transition to living in a Skilled Nursing Care center. In the privacy of a psychotherapy […]

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5 Steps to Becoming a Part of the Nursing Home Team

Posted by Dr. El - December 1, 2014 - CareConversations.org, For Families, Transitions in care

I’m excited to let you know about my recent post for family members at Care Conversations.org.  Readers who are long-term care staff members will find it a helpful resource to share with family members. 5 Steps to Becoming a Part of the Nursing Home Team Moving to an assisted living or a skilled nursing facility can be […]

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Planning for the holidays

Posted by Dr. El - November 21, 2014 - Communication, Engaging with families, For Families, Tips for gifts, visits, Videos

With the start of the holiday season, it’s time for this perennial post from Dr. El at mybetternursinghome.com:               ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas… And 83-year old Albertha assured me her family was planning to take her home for the holidays. “Have you talked to them about it? Have […]

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Tip #1 for families new to LTC (video)

Posted by Dr. El - February 14, 2014 - For Families, Tips for gifts, visits, Videos

In this video, Dr. El offers a suggestion for families who are new to long-term care: http://youtu.be/4hSX3h3v2Ak  

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Three tips for families for the holidays from Dr. El (video)

Posted by Dr. El - November 25, 2013 - For Families, Tips for gifts, visits, Videos Read More

Join Dr. El at the Baldwin Public Library at 1pm on 11/13/13

Posted by Dr. El - October 31, 2013 - For Families, Talks/Radio shows

I’m giving a free local talk at 1pm on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the Baldwin Public Library on long-term care decision-making and making the most of nursing home stays. I’ll hope you’ll be able to join me for this hour-long talk and discussion session at my hometown library. (It’s where I checked out literally […]

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Connecting in LTC: Seven Sure Ways to Have a Great Visit

Posted by Dr. El - October 7, 2013 - Communication, Dementia, For Families

This article for families visiting relatives with dementia in long-term care appears as a guest post on Deborah Shouse Writes where Deborah Shouse, author of Love in the Land of Dementia, offers advice and support for families along their caregiving journey. Connecting in LTC: Seven Sure Ways to Have a Great Visit It wasn’t just an ordinary visit. I walked […]

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Why (and How) to Personalize a Nursing Home Room (SeniorCare)

Posted by Dr. El - September 24, 2013 - For Families, Senior Care

Here’s my latest article featured in SeniorCare: Why (and How) to Personalize a Nursing Home Room As a psychologist in long-term care, I’ve walked into thousands of rooms over the years. Among many mostly bare quarters, a few stood out for their warmth and their ability to convey the life of the person living there. […]

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