Category: Communication

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

Posted by Dr. El - November 9, 2017 - Aging, Aging in Place, Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Resident education/Support groups, Transitions in care
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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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Disaster communication: A tale of two mothers-in-law

Posted by 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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Calming fears of floods and other catastrophes

Posted by Dr. El - August 31, 2017 - Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Stress/Crisis management

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, family caregivers may find themselves thinking about emergency plans for their loved ones at home or in long-term care. Below are some suggestions for professional caregivers that can also be applied to those who provide care at home. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Calming fears […]

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The image of LTC in the arts

Posted by Dr. El - August 4, 2017 - Books/media of note, Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections

I see kindness at work every day but those stories don’t make the news nearly as often as the bad reports do. When I saw the excellent play Singing Beach by Tina Howe, I was struck by how the play was shaped by the perceptions of long-term care. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term […]

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Promote your connections

Posted by Dr. El - June 22, 2017 - Communication, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Family members concerned about what kind of lifestyle awaits their loved one in long-term care may find the article below helpful and reassuring: Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Promote your connections  One of the things that most brightens my workday is when I see long-term care residents hanging out together. In […]

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The “last day” protocol

Posted by Dr. El - June 8, 2017 - Communication, End of life, McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections, Stress/Crisis management, Transitions in care

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: The “last day” protocol I waited outside the room until the rehab therapists finished talking to Jim, who’d been admitted to the nursing home the night before. I read over the basic info on his face sheet before my consult. Jim was an 87-year old widower […]

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Healthcare Proxy Resource from the Conversation Project

Posted by Dr. El - March 8, 2017 - Communication, End of life

You’ve probably already heard that it’s important to have a healthcare proxy to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so. If you’re wondering who to choose as your healthcare proxy or what you’re supposed to do if someone has asked you to become their healthcare proxy, The Conversation Project […]

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Wisdom from elders

Posted by Dr. El - August 16, 2016 - Communication, Inspiration

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Wisdom from elders I’ve learned a lot from listening to residents over the years, but it’s rare that I request specific advice. This month, I decided to change that. In private conversations, I told residents that I was writing an article on advice from elders about […]

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Planning for the Holidays

Posted by Dr. El - November 20, 2015 - Communication, Tips for gifts, visits, Videos

With the start of the holiday season, it’s time for this perennial post from Dr. El:   ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas… And 83-year old Albertha assured me her family was planning to take her home for the holidays. “Have you talked to them about it? Have they called the social worker to arrange a […]

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The importance of hearing aids

Posted by Dr. El - October 8, 2015 - Communication

New York Times writer Jane Brody recently penned two excellent columns on the value of hearing aids and the obstacles to obtaining them. (The links to these articles are below.) The articles led me to reflect on my experience with hearing aids as a psychologist in long-term care. I’ve noticed additional obstacles to hearing aid […]

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