Category: Medication issues

‘Honest’ placebos help without side-effects, expense

Posted by Dr. El - January 19, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Medication issues

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ‘Honest’ placebos help without side-effects, expense Older residents frequently enter long-term care with multiple medications prescribed for their varying health conditions. In fact, it’s the polypharmacy itself that can bring them to our doors due to harmful medication interactions and symptoms such as dizziness that lead […]

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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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Behavioral health care — not drugs — for dementia

Posted by Dr. El - September 30, 2015 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Medication issues, Motivating staff, Psychology Research Translated, Role of psychologists, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Behavioral health care — not drugs — for dementia Antipsychotic medications have proved ineffective at reducing the symptoms associated with dementia. They also have serious side effects in older adults, including restlessness, dizziness, higher likelihood of falls and other problems that can contribute to an increased […]

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Diabetes care: Take two betta fish and call me in a week

Posted by Dr. El - July 22, 2015 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Medication issues, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Diabetes care: Take two betta fish and call me in a week More than 25% of the US population over the age of 65 years has diabetes1 and the numbers are far higher for those in long-term care. (Approximately one third of nursing home residents have […]

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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 very anxious resident: A team approach (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - May 15, 2014 - Customer service, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Medication issues, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:   The very anxious resident: A team approach “My mother was kicked out of her nursing home again,” my cousin told me. “They said they couldn’t handle her.” I phoned Cousin Belle’s new number in the afternoon. “They didn’t give me my pain medication,” she said […]

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Reducing antipsychotic medications? Try these behavioral interventions (LTL mag online)

Posted by Dr. El - November 26, 2012 - Customer service, Long-Term Living Magazine, Medication issues

Here’s my latest article on Long-Term Living magazine online: Reducing antipsychotic medications? Try these behavioral interventions With the recent focus on reducing antipsychotics in long-term care and substituting behavioral interventions, facilities may be left wondering what interventions to use and how to implement them. Here are ideas on how to prevent, investigate and monitor agitation on your […]

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5 Reasons to Educate Residents About Their Illnesses (LTL mag online)

Posted by Dr. El - August 21, 2012 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, Long-Term Living Magazine, Medication issues, Resident care, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article in Long-Term Living Magazine online: 5 reasons to educate residents about their illnesses “How long have you had Parkinson’s?” the psychologist asked Mr. Jones during his initial evaluation. “They just told me the diagnosis when I got here last week, but I suppose I’ve had it for a while.” He said […]

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Doctor-Patient Communication

Posted by Dr. El - June 15, 2012 - Communication, Medication issues, Resident education/Support groups

Early in my blogging, I wrote a post for residents about how to speak to doctors, outlining what I call the Newspaper Headline Approach.  It’s designed for residents to make the most of their interactions with their physicians.  I was reminded of the Newspaper Headline approach when I read a recent Mind the Gap post […]

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Elderspeak and Resistance to Care

Posted by Dr. El - August 17, 2011 - Communication, Customer service, Medication issues, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care

“Come on now, Vera, honey,” the nurse said in a high-pitched, sing-song voice, “be a good girl and take this nice candy.” Vera swung her arm and knocked the tiny cups of pills to the floor.   In their 2009 study, Elderspeak Commnunication: Impact on Dementia Care, Kristine N. Williams, RN, PhD, and her colleagues […]

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