Category: Personal Reflections

The “last day” protocol

Posted by Dr. El - June 8, 2017 - Communication, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident care, Stress/Crisis management, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The “last day” protocol I waited outside the room until the rehab therapists finished talking to Jim, who’d been admitted to the nursing home the night before. I read over the basic info on his face sheet before my consult. Jim was an 87-year old widower […]

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Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident

Posted by Dr. El - April 26, 2017 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident Due to a series of unfortunate events, both of my previously independent parents were recently injured over the course of five weeks. In the past, I’d been the granddaughter, the niece and […]

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6 steps to manage post-election reactions in LTC

Posted by Dr. El - November 22, 2016 - Communication, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident education/Support groups, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 6 steps to manage post-election reactions in LTC The 2016 presidential election has revealed a deep rift in our country, and quite possibly in our long-term care facilities as well. While some employees and residents are pleased about the election results, it’s likely that others in […]

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Advocates for Empathy in Eldercare Review My Book, “The Savvy Resident’s Guide”

Posted by Dr. El - November 5, 2016 - Inspiration, Personal Reflections, Savvy Guide reviews, Something Good About Nursing Homes https://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Residents-Guide-Everything-Nursing-ebook/dp/B009Q38X8I/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480881355&sr=1-1

The theologian, Paul Tillich, once said, “The first duty of love is to listen.” This quote came to my mind when I read the kind review of my book, “The Savvy Resident’s Guide,” by Yang of CNAEdge. It feels good to be heard. In return, I want to thank Yang and his colleagues, Alice and […]

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Wisdom from elders

Posted by Dr. El - August 16, 2016 - Communication, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Wisdom from elders I’ve learned a lot from listening to residents over the years, but it’s rare that I request specific advice. This month, I decided to change that. In private conversations, I told residents that I was writing an article on advice from elders about […]

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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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Seeing Virginia (an anecdote): Part Two

Posted by Dr. El - February 25, 2016 - Anecdotes, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

Seeing Virginia: Part One Like many of my residents over the years, Virginia had been a nursing assistant prior to her retirement. In our early sessions, I encouraged her to discuss how it felt to be “on the other side of the stethoscope,” as I put it, but she was too focused on the plot […]

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Seeing Virginia (an anecdote): Part One

Posted by Dr. El - February 11, 2016 - Anecdotes, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists

The first time I met 87-year old Virginia, it was immediately apparent why the nurses had made the referral. She spoke too quickly, words pouring out one after the other without pause. She had vague theories that a staff member was trying to steal the house she’d vacated a few months ago and attempting to […]

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A Second Look

Posted by Dr. El - January 11, 2016 - Anecdotes, Personal Reflections

As I was rushing past the nursing station, Sophia, a 93-year old woman wearing a red velour sweatsuit, was sobbing and calling out for help. She was sitting among a row of other residents who were watching television and passersby. “What’s the matter?” I asked, stopping to kneel by her wheelchair. “I want someone to […]

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Kind words from residents

Posted by Dr. El - November 23, 2015 - Anecdotes, Inspiration, Personal Reflections, Role of psychologists, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Kind words from residents At a conference last week, I remarked to my audience of recreation therapists, “None of us went into this field for the money — we did it for the juice.” And by “the juice,” I mean the good feeling we get from […]

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