‘The Adventures of The Geropsychologist’!
Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:
“The Adventures of
Starring Dr. El as
There have been thousands of movies and TV shows about the exciting work of cops, lawyers, and hospitals, but long-term care? Fuhgeddaboutit!
Here, Dr. El aims to correct that oversight with a show that reveals the versatility and pragmatism of a nursing home psychologist willing to do what it takes to meet the needs of her residents.
Act 1, Scene 1
In today’s episode, Dr. El walks into 85-year old resident Frank Corolla’s nursing home room. His bed is neatly made and the curtain is drawn between his bed and his neighbor’s in their semi-private room. Mr. Corolla is sitting in his chair in his pajamas and bathrobe, listening to the radio.
Dr. El (in a loud voice): Hey, Mr. Corolla! It’s Dr. El. How are you doing today?
Mr. Corolla (looking sad): Not good.
Dr. El (sitting on the edge of the bed): What’s the matter?
Mr. Corolla: My eyes are hurting me so bad I was crying today.
Dr. El: Did that help?
Mr. Corolla: No.
Dr. El: I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll talk to the nurse. I’ll be right back.
Act 1, Scene 2
Dr. El appears at the nursing station and waits while the nurse finishes her phone call. The nurse hangs up.
Nurse: How are you, Dr. El? How can I help you?
Dr. El: Well, I’m good, thanks, but Mr. Corolla eyes are hurting him so badly he was crying today. I wrote a note for the doctor last week but I don’t see any follow up. Do you know what’s happening with that?
Nurse (looking in the computer): I don’t see anything from the doctor. I’ll call the nurse practitioner.
Dr. El: Thanks!
Act 1, Scene 3
Dr. El runs into the nurse in the stairwell.
Dr. El: Were you able to reach the nurse practitioner?
Nurse: Yes. She put in an order to see the ophthalmologist.
Dr. El: Awesome!
Act 2, Scene 1
Dr. El walks into Ms. Johnson’s room and finds her frantically rummaging through her closet with one hand. With the other, she holds on to the wall. She looks like she’s about to fall.
Dr. El: Ms. Johnson! Are you OK? What are you doing?
Ms. Johnson (looking up with tears in her eyes): I was looking for a shirt I wanted to wear and look how they do my things! All crammed in here like they was nothing! They’s something to me. They’s all I got.
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