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The time spent caregiving and care-receiving can be one of growth and emotional healing for elders and their family members.  If you’re wondering how to get there from here, please look through this site, read my blog and for more personal attention, set up a coaching session. You’ll find answers to help you make the most of this time in life.

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Recent Blog Posts

Trend #5: Re-Envisioning Long-Term Care

Dr. El - November 12, 2018 - Books/media of note, Quality of Care, Something Good About Nursing Homes

The American Psychological Association published an article in the APA Monitor on “Trends to Watch in 2019.” I was pleased to see that geropsychology was Trend #5. Read what my colleagues and I have to say in Tori DeAngelis’ piece on Re-Envisioning Long-Term Care.

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A hopeful day at LeadingAge 2018

Dr. El - November 12, 2018 - Dementia, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections

LeadingAge is a national organization of long-term care service providers that has as its stated vision “An America Freed From Ageism.” Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: A hopeful day at LeadingAge 2018 I headed to the 2018 LeadingAge convention last week looking for a fix of long-term care enthusiasm and that’s […]

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Relationships key to long-term care success

Dr. El - October 23, 2018 - McKnight's LTC News, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Relationships key to long-term care success Long-term care success is about steady, reliable relationships. That’s my takeaway after attending two recent conferences that echo my experiences in the field. The first event delivered the results thus far of an ongoing program that won a coveted grant […]

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The sounds of LTC

Dr. El - October 10, 2018 - Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The sounds of LTC Observing the customary cacophony at the nursing station, I’d estimate that so-called “alarm fatigue” contributes to more than a few tragedies in long-term care. Here’s one example that resulted in a lawsuit filing after a resident died when nursing staff ignored the […]

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A truly healing yarn

Dr. El - October 7, 2018 - Anecdotes, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: A truly healing yarn “No,” Diane said when I showed up at her door for our Thursday session. “I don’t want to talk to you. I’m too aggravated.” She turned her head and looked out the window for a moment. “I’m surprised.” I replied. “We had […]

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How to support depressed workers and reduce absenteeism

Dr. El - September 19, 2018 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's LTC News, Motivating staff, Stress/Crisis management

As residents and family members know, the moods of the workers have a vast impact on resident care. Showing your appreciation for their efforts can help. If you see more is needed, consider sharing these article ideas with those in a position to make use of them. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care […]

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Dr. El’s ‘Quality of Life’ star ratings are the way to go

Dr. El - August 28, 2018 - Communication, Inspiration, McKnight's LTC News, Motivating staff, Quality of Care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El’s ‘Quality of Life’ star ratings are the way to go The Nursing Home Compare star rating system assesses quality of care based on health inspections, staffing and quality of resident care measures. It examines important factors such as emergency preparedness, resident/staff ratios, re-hospitalization rates, […]

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Dr. El’s Theory of Angry Activities

Dr. El - July 19, 2018 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, McKnight's LTC News, Stress/Crisis management, Tips for gifts, visits

Family members can add a playful, “angry” activity when visiting elders and reduce stress together. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El’s Theory of Angry Activities “Scream as loud as you can,” I encouraged my companions before we plunged down the waterslide in our rubber raft at the water park on […]

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Vacation envy, or ‘How to get your groove back’

Dr. El - July 5, 2018 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Inspiration, McKnight's LTC News, Stress/Crisis management

It’s important for professional staff and family caregivers to take some time for themselves. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Vacation envy, or ‘How to get your groove back’ Perhaps, like me, you’ve recently had time off from work but the only break on the near horizon is a measly midweek Independence […]

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Suicide prevention in the workplace: What employers need to know

Dr. El - June 20, 2018 - Communication, Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, McKnight's LTC News, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Suicide prevention in the workplace: What employers need to know With the high-profile deaths this month of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain, the crisis of suicide has been thrust into the spotlight. Suicide deaths in the United States have increased 25% between 1999 and […]

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