From a publication in the field:

“My Better Nursing Home is a ‘wonderfully insightful blog.’  Dr. El is “unquestionably an award-winner for her dedication to elders and the field.”
– Long-Term Living Magazine

From co-workers:

“I’ve been impressed with Dr. Barbera’s determination, professionalism, and ability to positively impact her clients’ lives.”
– Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

“Dr. Barbera has demonstrated great insight and a keen ability in problem solving…. [She] is a crucial part of the interdisciplinary team.”
– Director of Social Work 

“Dr. Barbera is able to work with nursing and direct care staff and other professionals, minimizing tensions and diffusing interpersonal difficulties in order to best serve the residents.  She gives interesting and effective in-services that result in immediate changes in staff behavior.”
– Psychologist Co-Worker

“I usually can’t wait for these staff trainings to end. This time I didn’t want it to be over.”
– Certified Nursing Assistant

From family members:

“Eleanor offered compassionate, knowing, and tender advice. It was as though she was a sister, friend, psychologist, and nurse wrapped into one nice package helping me and my siblings to navigate these difficult waters of aging parents.”
– Jan G.

“I felt very comforted by your words in asking the questions about assessing the situation in a person.  I was able to take a look at the big picture and the levels of dementia.  Your questions of being safe, agitated, frightened, the mood swings and medications has really helped me to understand all the different levels about mother as well as myself.  As you stated, it’s not just what the person with the dementia, mother, is experiencing but what the caregiver, me, is going through as well.   As it stands now mother is happy and I am coping with everything very well.  I can’t thank you enough for all your words and assistance with this situation.”
– Stephen Gamble

What residents have to say:

“You are my strength.”

“I will never forget your kindness.”

“I’ve had a lot of therapists, Eleanor, and believe me, you’re really good.”