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?!"
We've come a long way with many psycho-social problem areas. Children, for example, start learning about bullies in kindergarten. When it comes to bullying in senior communities, though, we're still behind the times.
Last week, I delivered a keynote address on "Identifying and Repairing Communication Gaps in LTC" at an LTC and Senior Living Summit. It was a fascinating, energizing event, and not just because I was leaving the frigid temperatures of New York City to dine outdoors in Marina Del Rey.
If we address new residents' hidden concerns, we can better show them we understand and care about how they feel. We can enhance their experiences upon entering our organizations and can market our services in a way that relieves their anxiety.
How someone dies is a very important part of the culture of the long-term care organization. Odds are your community can improve its culture in this area.
We all can use practice harnessing "less laudatory traits," such as short-sightedness, inertia, inflated optimism and our tendency to submit to peer pressure. Especially for our work. Here's how.
It was the night before Christmas, Hanukkah was ending and Kwanzaa was right around the corner. The perfect time for a poem.
Jane Gross' recent post 'Seeing the Invisible Patient' in the "New Old Age" blog of the New York Times discusses how professionals often ignore the needs of caregivers of the elderly because they are focused on their identified patient. While the article centers on the burdens of caregivers in the community, it got me thinking about whether we're meeting the needs of families whose loved ones are in long-term care.
I owe a lot of my blessings to working in long-term care, and my LTC career is a blessing in itself. You might have some of these same feelings.
Transitions between care settings are getting more scrutiny than ever before. So thank goodness for new guidelines designed to help smooth them out. Still, we need all the help we can when it comes to improving communication among fellow caregivers. And I have proof.