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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

Enhancing quality of care through design

Dr. El - February 15, 2018 - Aging, Aging in Place, McKnight's LTC News, Technology, Tips for gifts, visits

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Enhancing quality of care through design Last week, I attended an accessible design symposium at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City to see what ideas I could use with elders in long-term care. Through listening to the symposium speakers, reading descriptions of works featured […]

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4 ways to revamp work culture in the new year

Dr. El - January 4, 2018 - Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Motivating staff

When a loved one is in long-term care, family members and other visitors can contribute to a positive culture by complimenting staff on their hard work or by sending a note of appreciation. It makes a difference! Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 4 ways to revamp work culture in the new […]

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People in LTC who’ve inspired me in 2017

Dr. El - December 21, 2017 - For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: People in LTC who’ve inspired me in 2017 From the 102-year-old Hulk Hogan fan to the doting, selfless caregivers doing behind-the-scenes work, there are numerous people in long-term care who inspired me this year. Take, for example: •  The 102-year-old man, still remarkably handsome, whose favorite sport […]

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Elder love

Dr. El - December 7, 2017 - Anecdotes, End of life, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Elder love I lost one of my two mothers-in-law last Monday, five weeks after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We had expected Audrey to reach 100 years of age, like her mother, but she died shortly after her 91st birthday, having spent her 90th year […]

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Home, small home

Dr. El - November 22, 2017 - Aging, Inspiration, McKnight's LTC News, Quality of Care, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Home, small home In 2014, I wrote, “I finally visit a Green House (and it blows my mind).” The Green House is designed with a spacious common area, private bedrooms and showers, unobtrusive medical items and universal workers practicing person-centered care. The model shows that it’s […]

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Interview with the Commissioner of the NYC Dept of Aging (Silo-Busting)

Dr. El - November 9, 2017 - Aging, Aging in Place, Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Resident education/Support groups, Transitions in care

There are Area Agencies on Aging throughout the US providing valuable services for elders and caregivers. The article below discusses some of the programs available and I encourage you to contact your local office to see what assistance is offered in your area. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Silo-busting Ideas from […]

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Readmission prevention: The role of post-acute providers

Dr. El - October 25, 2017 - McKnight's LTC News, Transitions in care

The current focus in healthcare is to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. This is good news for seniors, who tend to fare poorly in the hospital environment, as described here. The article below details efforts being made to create smoother transitions between hospitals, rehabs, home and any other care providers along the way. As always, family members […]

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How do they sleep at night?

Dr. El - October 12, 2017 - Aging, Aging in Place, McKnight's LTC News, Quality of Care

Sleep issues are very common for elders and their caregivers. While this article focuses on good sleep hygiene within the long-term care setting, many of the ideas can be adapted for those living at home. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: How do they sleep at night? Perhaps you’ve heard about the […]

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Disaster communication: A tale of two mothers-in-law

Dr. El - September 28, 2017 - Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections, Stress/Crisis management

Both of my mothers-in-law are in long-term care communities in Florida. In retrospect, it would have been a good idea to ask the facilities how they planned to keep in touch with us during and after Hurricane Irma. If the facility where your loved one is living doesn’t have a plan for communicating with families […]

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Ashton Applewhite: Let’s end ageism

Dr. El - September 25, 2017 - Aging, Inspiration, Videos

This is a thought-provoking and inspiring 11-minute TED talk by Ashton Applewhite about the views of aging in society.      

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