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Seeing the ‘invisible patient’ in LTC

Posted by Dr. El - December 11, 2014 - For All

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Seeing the ‘invisible patient’ in LTC Jane Gross’ recent post Seeing the ‘Invisible Patient’ in the “New Old Age” blog of the New York Times discusses how professionals often ignore the needs of caregivers of the elderly because they are focused on their identified patient. As the […]

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How to better foster community among long-term care residents (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - February 20, 2014 - For All

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: How to better foster community among long-term care residents Mr. Cooper was staring out the window when I came by to see him for his weekly psychotherapy session. “There’s no one here to talk to except you,” he said despondently. “You’re the fourth resident who told […]

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Resources for Early Career Long-Term Care Psychologists

Posted by Dr. El - January 30, 2014 - For All

Before I started working as a psychologist in long-term care, I got some excellent training from the Alzheimer’s Association which focused on dementia care, and I took a helpful course from a practicing long-term care psychologist which reviewed typical care issues and billing concerns.  Despite this training and having worked in two psychiatric hospitals, a […]

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Dr. El on Deborah Shouse Writes

Posted by Dr. El - December 18, 2013 - For All

Deborah Shouse, author of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey, recently posted suggestions from several experts (including me) on creating successful holidays when families are affected by Alzheimer’s. Kindling Holiday Magic During Seasons of Change “There’s a story behind these butterscotch brownies,” I told our Thanksgiving guests, as my brother […]

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Instilling Hope: Needed for contentment, helpful for LTC operations (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - December 4, 2013 - For All

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:   Instilling Hope: Needed for contentment, helpful for long-term care operations “I hope Santa brings me a Sony DS,” my 7-year-old told me the other day. I can tell you right now that Santa is not bringing her a video game player, but I didn’t want to […]

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Improving your customer service for the holidays (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - November 14, 2013 - For All

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Improving your customer service for the holidays As the holiday season draws near, more families will be passing through your doors to visit their loved ones at your facility. Out-of-town relatives will be making annual trips and locals will be taking the children to see Grandma […]

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McKnight’s Free Online Expo tomorrow, 9/10 at 11am ET

Posted by Dr. El - September 9, 2013 - For All

Those who like the convenience of attending a conference without leaving their desks (and the fact that it’s free!) will be pleased to hear that McKnight’s is holding their online Expo tomorrow on the following topics: Enhancing relationships with key referral sources  – Tuesday September 10th  11:00 AM Changes looming for the MDS 3.0  – Tuesday September 10th  12:30pm […]

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Same-sex couples: Are you and your staff prepared? Probably not (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - September 6, 2013 - For All

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Same-sex couples: Are you and your staff prepared? Probably not Last week, McKnight’s staff writer Tim Mullaney wrote about the new Medicare guidance that guarantees that same-sex married couples can live in the same nursing home. Perhaps, like many of our current opposite-sex married couples, they’ll share the same room […]

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6 common problems a shrink on staff can solve (and your consultant can’t): McKnight’s LTC News

Posted by Dr. El - August 23, 2013 - For All

Here’s my latest article at McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: 6 common problems a shrink on staff can solve (and your consultant can’t) As a psychologist consulting in long-term care facilities, I was paid through Medicare, Medicaid, and/or private insurance for only one task: direct contact with residents. That’s it. I provided a lot more because […]

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Reducing Learned Helplessness in LTC (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - July 11, 2013 - For All

Here’s my latest article at McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Reducing learned helplessness in LTC John O’Connor’s recent post on the pain/depression cycle raised some interesting points about depression in long-term care. He referenced a 2009 study that found that over 47% of nursing home residents suffer from some level of depression, and he reported on a University […]

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