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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

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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To reduce burnout and turnover, improve family-staff relationships

Dr. El - May 26, 2018 - Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Motivating staff

Improving family-staff relationships benefits everyone. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: To reduce burnout and turnover, improve family-staff relationships Earlier this month, I took some much-needed time off to go on a cruise. I came home to a LinkedIn notification about “The big cost of not taking vacation,” reflecting on a CNN […]

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The ticklish balancing act: Resident rights vs. care quality

Dr. El - May 14, 2018 - McKnight's LTC News, Quality of Care

As a family member and resident advocate, it helps to have an understanding of the factors underlying the decisions made by the long-term care facility. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The ticklish balancing act: Resident rights vs. care quality You know the scenario: A resident wants to eat donuts, but it […]

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Using technology to improve care, reduce costs

Dr. El - March 28, 2018 - Aging in Place, Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Resident education/Support groups, Technology, Transitions in care

Elders and families interested in using technology to enhance their lives can find out more about the OATS approach on their website. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Using technology to improve care, reduce costs At Maimonides Medical Center, 24 frail older adults were taught to use laptops so that they could […]

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New perspectives on aging and healthcare

Dr. El - March 19, 2018 - Aging, Books/media of note, McKnight's LTC News, Money Issues, Quality of Care, Resident education/Support groups

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: New perspectives on aging and healthcare Three new books on aging and healthcare recently crossed my desk, each with completely different takes on our industry. One focuses on ways in which companies, including long-term care organizations, can save on healthcare costs. In another, the author’s insights […]

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