Category: Transitions in care

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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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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WHCOA: LeadingAge Summary

Posted by Dr. El - July 15, 2015 - Communication, Dementia, Inspiration, Technology, Transitions in care

I wrote about the White House Conference on Aging last October, noting that it was a “once-a-decade” national conference about the needs of our aging population.” (McKnight’s LTC News, October 2014) Below, LeadingAge summarizes the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which took place on Monday: 10 Things that Happened at the White House Conference on […]

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Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress

Posted by Dr. El - April 1, 2015 - Communication, End of life, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress As a psychologist observing the effects of medical interventions on the mental health of the long-term care resident, I often ask, “Is this aggressive procedure helping?” Such a well-intended question can prompt the team to reconsider […]

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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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Care model for more than just medical condition needed in long-term care (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - September 20, 2013 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Role of psychologists, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Care model for more than just medical condition needed in long-term care Of the most efficient countries for healthcare, the United States ranks second in healthcare costs per capita but 46th in efficiency (out of the 48 countries ranked!). The move from a biomedical to a […]

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Navigating the Caregiver’s Journey: LTC Offers a Valuable Viewpoint — Guest Blog by Author Deborah Shouse

Posted by Dr. El - September 16, 2013 - Books/media of note, For Families, Transitions in care

Navigating the Caregiver’s Journey: Long Term Care Offers a Valuable Viewpoint When my parents relocated from Memphis to Kansas City to be closer to me, they packed decades worth of clothes, souvenirs, books, and furniture. The process of helping them move overwhelmed me and I fervently wished they’d had fewer possessions. But three years later, […]

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Long-term care psychologists often can help prevent rehospitalizations (McKnight’s guest post)

Posted by Dr. El - October 10, 2012 - Business Strategies, Common Nursing Home Problems and How Psychologists Can Solve Them, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest guest post on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Long-term care psychologists often can help prevent rehospitalizations Long-term care psychologists are a valuable resource for facilities looking to reduce their hospital readmission rates. As the only team member whose role it is to sit and talk with the residents for an extended period of time […]

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Taking Responsibility for Death, New York Times

Posted by Dr. El - April 2, 2012 - End of life, Resident care, Transitions in care

I read this worthwhile article by Susan Jacoby on the March 30, 2012 Opinion Page in the New York Times.   Susan Jacoby is the author of “Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age.” I WAS standing by my 89-year-old mother’s hospital bed when she asked a doctor, “Is there […]

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