Category: Motivating staff

On power, teamwork and communication

Posted by Dr. El - April 13, 2017 - Business Strategies, Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: On power, teamwork and communication Having enough of it at work, I tend to avoid drama in my entertainment choices unless it involves aliens or post-apocalyptic nonsense. My family and I are currently enjoying the creative spectacle of Project Runway “Teams” version from a few seasons […]

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Remember to breathe

Posted by Dr. El - March 14, 2017 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Remember to breathe I was putting the finishing touches on my article for this week’s column when I paused to consider the headlines on McKnight’s right now. “Don’t be worried about Medicaid funding, be very afraid,” advises Editorial Director John O’Connor. Staff Writer Emily Mongan alerts […]

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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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Playing the LTC lottery

Posted by Dr. El - October 27, 2016 - Business Strategies, For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Playing the LTC lottery After reading a recent New York Times Opinion piece about the uses of lotteries to solve social problems, I began contemplating their potential application to long-term care. According to “For Better Citizenship, Scratch and Win,” lotteries have been used to encourage voting, […]

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4 ways to find out why your aides are leaving

Posted by Dr. El - September 28, 2016 - Books/media of note, Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 4 ways to find out why your aides are leaving Once, when I worked for a managed care company, I rode down a packed elevator with the CEO, who commented drily on the crowd, saying, “It must be 5:01.” What I thought, but did not say, […]

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To reduce staff turnover, lead with LTC strengths

Posted by Dr. El - September 16, 2016 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: To reduce staff turnover, lead with LTC strengths When I spoke about the challenges of staff turnover at the Louisiana Nursing Home Association convention last week, I asked the group, “If you were able to bring in the same salary you were currently making, would you […]

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Racism and LTC

Posted by Dr. El - July 19, 2016 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Racism and LTC A friend of mine called me this week, upset about the racial tension making headlines in the news. We discussed what we could do as individuals to improve the situation. “I called a friend of mine of a different race,” she said. “I […]

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From abysmal to mediocre: Encouraging hand hygiene

Posted by Dr. El - June 22, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Resident care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: From abysmal to mediocre: Encouraging hand hygiene As a consultant in long-term care, I learned how to properly wash my hands by reading the hand hygiene poster hung above the sink at one of my first nursing homes. I’ve gotten more diligent over the years (read: […]

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Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit

Posted by Dr. El - April 27, 2016 - For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit I’d read about the Genworth R70i Aging Experience and when I discovered the exhibit was making a brief appearance near me at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, I headed over with my 9-year old assistant to […]

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Growing Good

Posted by Dr. El - January 6, 2016 - Business Strategies, Communication, For Staff, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Psychology Research Translated, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Growing Good Woohoo! My first column of 2016. Which was started during a bout of insomnia in the last week of 2015. What did I do when sleep failed me? What electronics-addicted individuals often do in the middle of the night. I grabbed my computer, caught […]

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