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Reducing antipsych meds: 5 ways psychologists can help

Reducing antipsych meds: 5 ways psychologists can help

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With the mandate to reduce the use of antipsychotics, many facilities are looking for alternative methods to address the behaviors often associated with dementia. There are several good resources available for training staff, including your consulting psychologist. Here's how he or she can help:

The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes

The Eldercare Method: Using psychology for positive outcomes

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Those of us in long-term care have undoubtedly witnessed incidents where residents become agitated and staff members don't have the tools to prevent or manage their distress. Unfortunately, psychologists — who could offer such tools — are largely limited in the current reimbursement model to providing individual services to cognitively intact residents.

Secrets to making your environment 'emotionally healing'

Secrets to making your environment 'emotionally healing'

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Back when I worked in psych, one of our most effective tools to improve mental health was maintaining a healing emotional environment, or therapeutic milieu. That's why I was shocked when I first entered long-term care.

The resident's 'right to refuse'

The resident's 'right to refuse'

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Therapy services can be a tricky business when working with residents with a history of "behavioral issues."

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