Mar 16, 2022
Amid the current national debate over new nursing home regulations, Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera presents a provocative reframing of the system-wide problems in long-term care.
A psychologist who specializes in mental health care for older adults, particularly those who live in nursing homes, Feldman Barbera lays out a distinction between dysfunction and amorality in nursing homes – in part inspired by her experiences seeing the negative changes that occur when for-profit providers take over facilities from smaller, more mission-driven organizations.
It's one thing to help people navigate a dysfunctional system. But when caregivers feel as though they are being asked to do amoral things – for instance, make care decisions based more on profit than science – they lose hope and the will to effect change.
In this wide-ranging interview, Feldman Barbera talks
about her experience working in nursing homes during COVID –
including the real need to treat the mental health issues that she
and her fellow care providers developed in the wake of the pandemic
– and her vision for a more humane and moral LTC system.
Read Dr. Feldman Barbera’s blog: https://eleanorfeldmanbarbera.com/blog/
Learn more about the Sleepover Project: https://www.mcknights.com/blogs/the-world-according-to-dr-el/ltc-leaders-gain-remarkable-insights-from-the-sleepover-project/
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