Category: Stress/Crisis management

Calming fears of floods and other catastrophes

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

Posted by Dr. El - August 30, 2010 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, Stress/Crisis management

In 1967, psychiatrists Holmes and Rahe created a scale that measures the stress levels of various life events, and found that people with stress levels over 300 are at high risk of illness. I’ve always considered a nursing home stay to be a very stressful experience, but applying the scale was illuminating. I took the […]

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