For Residents: How to Talk to Medical Doctors

Talking to a medical doctor is not like talking to a normal person.  In a regular conversation, one person says, “Hi.  How are you?”  The other says, “Fine.  And yourself?” And they go from there.  If busy Dr. Shah stops by Ms. Crenshaw’s room, inquires how she is, and hears that she’s “Fine,” he’s likely … Read more

Young Adults in Long Term Care, McKnights.com, July 2008

http://www.mcknights.com/Young-adults-in-long-term-care-the-canaries-in-the-%20coal-mine/article/112345/ Young adults in long-term care Eleanor Feldman Barbera, Ph.D. July 3, 2008 Anne Marie Barnett, in her June 10, 2008 guest column, wrote about the disruptive effects of younger residents on long-term care facilities. As a psychologist who has worked with many younger residents over the years, I’d like to offer my perspective and … Read more

Setting Boundaries with Residents, Nursing Home Magazine, March 2004

Setting Boundaries With Residents   by Eleanor Feldman Barbera, PhD   Becoming close to residents, but not too close, takes wisdom   “Can you do me this one small favor?” Estelle H. asked, looking up at her aide imploringly. “Can you get me a birthday card to send to my granddaughter?” Ms. Skinner sighed, thinking … Read more

Managing Resident Requests for Help, Nursing Homes Magazine, Oct 2003

Managing Resident Requests for Help By Eleanor Feldman Barbera, PhD   The Shouters, the Constant Call Bell Ringers and the Complainers don’t have to be that way—you can reshape their behavior   Once, when I was new to a facility, I came up to the second floor to find a resident, named Paula, shouting “Nurse, … Read more

Talks & Workshops for Family Members

Facilitating the Transition to the Nursing Home   How to Become a Member of the Treatment Team   How to Advocate for your Loved One   Creating an Effective Family Council   How to Choose a Nursing Home   Celebrating Holidays in a Nursing Home   Discussing Illness, Dying, and Big Decisions   Making a … Read more

It’s time to start a blog.

Every day as a psychologist in long term care, I make small improvements in the lives of the residents I work with, but there is so much that could be done on a larger scale.  I’m hoping this blog will provide a venue for radical change, sharing ideas between nursing homes and their people — … Read more

Talks & Workshops for Staff

For All Staff: Team-Building, One Unit at a Time Working with Aggressive Residents Reducing Iatrogenic Depression How to Conduct Effective Resident Council Meetings Helping Mentally Ill Residents Communicating with Residents to Increase Cooperation How to Conduct Behavioral Rounds   For CNAs: How to Make Your Job More Manageable Psychological Tools for Resident Cooperation   For … Read more