Category: Stress/Crisis management

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 “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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Preventing burnout in long-term care (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - July 10, 2014 - Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Preventing burnout in long-term care In my recent post, “Stuff I won’t do for residents and why your staff shouldn’t either,” I wrote about the need for individual workers to set appropriate boundaries around caregiving in order to retain the ability to give without burning out. […]

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Stuff I won’t do for residents and why your staff shouldn’t either: Preventing burnout in LTC (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - January 13, 2014 - Personal Reflections, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Stuff I won’t do for residents and why your staff shouldn’t either: Preventing burnout in LTC In my last post, I wrote about some of the many things I do for residents as a long-term care psychologist. The astute reader will note that most of the tasks […]

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Suicide risk in LTC: Effective protocols may not be what you think (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - August 11, 2013 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Stress/Crisis management

Here’s my latest article at McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Suicide risk in LTC: Effective protocols may not be what you think According to researchers, 11% to 43% of LTC residents have thoughts of suicide1-3, with higher rates in larger facilities and in those with more staff turnover4. Other stressors include medical illness, the presence of […]

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Helping your LTC community cope in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (McKnight’s Guest Post)

Posted by Dr. El - November 8, 2012 - Stress/Crisis management

It’s been a challenging time here in New York, leading me to write this guest post for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Helping your LTC community cope in the wake of Hurricane Sandy In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, long-term care facilities may be wondering how to help their own residents, families, and staff members or […]

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Disaster Preparedness Can Minimize Emotional Devastation: Caring for the Ages Magazine

Posted by Dr. El - June 26, 2012 - Books/media of note, Stress/Crisis management

  This month’s Caring for the Ages magazine features an article by Joanne Kaldy on reducing the emotional distress of resident through disaster preparedness.  Here’s my contribution: During a disaster, staff might be surprised at how calm many residents actually are. “A lot of residents aren’t as upset as we think. We need to be […]

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After natural disasters: coping with resident and staff emotions

Posted by Dr. El - August 29, 2011 - Communication, Stress/Crisis management

Check out my article, featured in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: http://www.mcknights.com/after-natural-disasters-coping-with-resident-and-staff-emotions/article/21821/

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Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide for Nursing Homes, 2nd Edition

Posted by Dr. El - June 20, 2011 - Books/media of note, Stress/Crisis management

When nursing home residents are evacuated from their facilities after any type of disaster, they typically move to another nursing home rather than to a public shelter.  They therefore miss the opportunity to speak with trained first responders who can help them address their emotional reactions to the experience. Developed by psychologist Lisa M. Brown, […]

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