LIVING IN A NURSING HOME: A Complete Guide for Residents, Their Families and Friends by Sarah Greene & Martha D'Erasmo Burger

LIVING IN A NURSING HOME: A Complete Guide for Residents, Their Families and Friends

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Certainly not a complete guide in that the two most stressful elements are hardly touched upon: specific dollars-and-cents costs and the emotional traumas endured by patients and families. Thus, ""Cold Facts"" covers Medicare, Medicaid, and other financial aids and resources but the coldest fact of all--the range of rates--is absent. As to the difficult entrance of a patient who may not want to go--who questions ""why he has to be there""--the authors advise honest, reassuring discussion, but do not consider in any depth the dilemma of the family which is also not sure ""he has to be there."" However, the authors do offer a realistic, knowledgeable view of the procedures and problems of a ""good"" nursing home and emphasize things to look for in selection--from physical facilities and staff to such minor but telling clues as odor and noise. They give useful information on how to deal with medical and other personnel, equipment, and contractual arrangements. The prospect is frankly grim: most nursing home residents go there to die in the institution. Despite the gauche style and some meaningless statistics (""Residents over the age of 85 have an average of 3.8 chronic conditions per person""), this can be marginally useful as a sober picture of the best that competent, well-meaning nursing home operators are able, at this time, to achieve. (Keep in mind, however, the excellent treatment of the subject in the Silverstone-Hyman You and Your Aging Parent, p. 1024.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Seabury