Category: Resident education/Support groups

Correcting long-term care’s image problem

Posted by Dr. El - February 15, 2017 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Communication, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident education/Support groups, Role of psychologists, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Correcting long-term care’s image problem Long-term care has an image problem. For a variety of reasons, we aren’t associated with good times. There are things we can do to turn this around, though, starting with the perceptions of our residents. Most people who come to live […]

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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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NYTimes: Too Old for Sex? Not at This Nursing Home

Posted by Dr. El - July 14, 2016 - Books/media of note, Business Strategies, Customer service, Resident education/Support groups, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Food for thought in this New York Times article: Too Old for Sex? Not at This Nursing Home By WINNIE HU JULY 12, 2016 When Audrey Davison met someone special at her nursing home, she wanted to love her man. Her nurses and aides at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale did not try to stop […]

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Depression – AND its treatments – are fall risks

Posted by Dr. El - May 25, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Depression – AND its treatments – are fall risks Feeling “down” takes on a wicked double-meaning for some seniors. Even conscientious providers could be unaware of it, let alone know what to do about it. As McKnight’s Staff Writer Emily Mongan points out in “Depression treatments […]

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Dr. El’s subversive guide to culture change

Posted by Dr. El - February 2, 2016 - Business Strategies, Customer service, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El’s subversive guide to culture change We often think of culture change as a formal process initiated by company leaders that involves setting organizational goals and moving employees in big and small ways toward those goals. But culture change also can be a grassroots effort […]

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Dr. El’s Shrinky LTC Fantasy

Posted by Dr. El - August 4, 2015 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Engaging with families, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Personal Reflections, Resident education/Support groups, Role of psychologists

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El’s Shrinky LTC Fantasy I hung up the phone with the managed care case reviewer. The patient in question was in her late 50s, with multiple sclerosis and other physical problems that had unexpectedly interfered with her ability to return home or even to sit […]

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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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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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Harnessing gratitude

Posted by Dr. El - June 10, 2015 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Harnessing Gratitude Though it was close to 20 years ago, I’ll never forget the reaction of one of my patients to losing both of her legs to diabetes. “I’m 81 years old and I’ve traveled and danced as much as I could. I wasn’t sick a […]

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Senior bullying: How to recognize it, how to handle it

Posted by Dr. El - March 4, 2015 - Bullying/Senior bullying, Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  Senior bullying: How to recognize it, how to handle it Things were different when I was a kid. People regularly drove while intoxicated. The high school archery team practiced on the football field while the track team ran around the periphery. Children bullied their peers without […]

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