Category: Something Good About Nursing Homes

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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Advocates for Empathy in Eldercare Review My Book, “The Savvy Resident’s Guide”

Posted by Dr. El - November 5, 2016 - Inspiration, Personal Reflections, Savvy Guide reviews, Something Good About Nursing Homes

The theologian, Paul Tillich, once said, “The first duty of love is to listen.” This quote came to my mind when I read the kind review of my book, “The Savvy Resident’s Guide,” by Yang of CNAEdge. It feels good to be heard. In return, I want to thank Yang and his colleagues, Alice and […]

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Bicycle Riding for Residents (video)

Posted by Dr. El - September 21, 2016 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Technology, Videos

Adaptive tandem bicycles allow residents the pleasure of riding a bike and feeling the breeze through their hair. As John Brunow of All Ability Cycles puts it in the video below, an adaptive bicycle event triggers reminiscence, stimulates appetites, and reduces depression. Sounds like a win, win, win to me!

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What’s not to like?

Posted by Dr. El - January 28, 2016 - Anecdotes, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes

It was the third week I was meeting with Mr. Schwartz, an 85-year old man with a thick mustache and a penchant for suspenders. I found him watching TV in the dayroom, surrounded by some of his peers. I crouched by his wheelchair so I could speak to him at eye level. “Hi Mr. Schwartz, I […]

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Kind words from residents

Posted by Dr. El - November 23, 2015 - Anecdotes, Inspiration, Personal Reflections, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Kind words from residents At a conference last week, I remarked to my audience of recreation therapists, “None of us went into this field for the money — we did it for the juice.” And by “the juice,” I mean the good feeling we get from […]

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NET Therapy: Dementia Care Best Practices + Rehab = Success

Posted by Dr. El - March 18, 2015 - Dementia, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: NET Therapy: Dementia care best practices + Rehab = Success When I learned about Neurocognitive Engagement Therapy for rehabilitation residents, I had the same reaction I did when I first heard about geriatric emergency rooms: Palm-smack to the forehead, “Why didn’t we think of this before?!” […]

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The Second Wind Tour

Posted by Dr. El - May 22, 2014 - Anecdotes, Books/media of note, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Last month I had the chance to attend the launch of Dr. Bill Thomas’ new book, Second Wind. Bill Thomas, founder of the Eden Alternative and creator of The Green House, has written many books about changing the culture of care in nursing homes. In his new book, he shifts his focus to helping readers […]

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I finally visit a Green House — and it blows my mind! (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - March 20, 2014 - Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: I finally visit a Green House (and it blows my mind!) In my last post, I discussed culture change and its positive impact on the mental health of the residents, particularly at Eden Alternative facilities. I recently also had the opportunity to tour a Green House, which I’d […]

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“Dementia Village” in the Netherlands (video)

Posted by Dr. El - March 11, 2014 - Dementia, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Videos

Many readers are familiar with people with dementia who want to “go home” when staff members leave at the end of their shifts or who “shop” for belongings in the drawers of other residents. It can be challenging for staff to redirect individuals intent upon leaving and upsetting for the people who are being prevented […]

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Everything I needed to know I learned from my residents (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - May 30, 2013 - Anecdotes, For Fun, Inspiration, Personal Reflections, Something Good About Nursing Homes

Here’s my latest article at McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Everything I needed to know I learned from my residents Someone posted a story I Liked on Facebook about an 85-year old woman who graduated from college and already had a job offer. “She’s my new hero!” a Friend commented. That got me thinking about all […]

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