A sensible, straightforward guide to families faced with the problem of placing an aging parent or other relative in a nursing home. Fox, who has worked in geriatric facilities in various nursing and supervisory capacities, wastes few words on the emotional traumas that can wreck families when an elderly member must be displaced. She says right out that other alternatives should be exhausted before a nursing home is considered. Her suggestions here make for a long shopping list that ranges from grocery deliveries and meals-on-wheels to local day-care centers, home-sharing and foster care. She then provides many suggestions on how to size up and select a nursing home. Her extensive ""comparison checklist"" alone is worth the price of the book. Its 12-page form allows for the evaluation of three different nursing facilities through a series of yes or no questions. These range from: ""Does the home have a current state license on display?"" through ""How many on the staff have been employed for over two years?"" ""Is there a medical director employed at the home?"" ""Is there an adequate policy to compensate for personal possessions lost or stolen?"" She guides the reader on how to get all necessary information on the home's policies, amenities, reputation, medical and nursing care, and its therapy and recreation programs. In doing this, she takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour of good and poor nursing homes, with ample tips on what to look for. She then supplies helpful advice on how to smooth the transition to the home and keep the resident happy and healthy in the new environment. A genuine bargain that will help families faced with an increasingly common--and always difficult--decision.