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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:

Deadline for mental health plan comments midnight Monday

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Advocates for better mental health services for adults will be pressing until at least midnight Monday to have comments submitted to include seniors in a new federal behavioral health plan,

The very anxious resident: A team approach

The very anxious resident: A team approach

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I've developed a set of suggestions for working with "challenging," anxious residents, who can disrupt everyone around them. If caregivers don't have sound strategies like these, patients, caregivers and others will suffer.

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.

Stuff I've done for residents as a long-term care shrink

Stuff I've done for residents as a long-term care shrink

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Many of us in long-term care think of our jobs as a calling. We handle the day-to-day tasks and the business as usual but also get a lot of energy and joy out of taking our work one step further. Here are some actions I've taken that have enriched my patients and my role as a psychologist.

6 common problems a shrink on staff can solve (and your consultant can't)

6 common problems a shrink on staff can solve (and your consultant can't)

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As a psychologist consulting in long-term care facilities, I provided a lot more than I was paid for, because it was needed. But there was much more help that I didn't offer, not only because I wasn't paid for it, but also because the organization wasn't structured to accept this type of assistance.

Young adults in long-term care: a new resource for caregivers

Young adults in long-term care: a new resource for caregivers

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Nearly one in seven nursing home residents is now under the age of 65, and the number could rise. That's creating challenges for caregiving staffs that could blossom into big problems — if caregivers don't adapt better. Luckily, there's help.

A savvy caregiver's resource

A savvy caregiver's resource

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If there is anyone who knows how to get inside the head of a troubled long-term care resident, it is Eleanor Feldman Barbera. Better than that is the fact that this talented nursing home psychologist is willing to share what she knows.

Improving the treatment of mental health issues in nursing homes

Improving the treatment of mental health issues in nursing homes

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More attention should be paid to nursing home residents' mental health, an important but often overlooked aspect of care.

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