An indispensable examination of nursing home realities.




This second edition of a guide offers advice on assessing, choosing, and adapting to nursing homes and various alternatives.

Goldsmith (Choosing a Nursing Home, 1990) here provides a new, fully fleshed-out version of his book’s lauded first edition. The statistics he provides at the outset certainly indicate the need: More than a million Americans live in nursing homes, where they receive an average of four hours of care every day. Perhaps more importantly, as one of the author’s interviewees points out at the beginning, most people are going to end up in nursing homes, and virtually none of them believe they will or ever think about that eventuality. As Goldsmith’s thorough, comprehensive chapters make clear, it’s far better to plan early. And this guide takes readers through every conceivable aspect of that preparation. The costs of nursing homes and assorted alternatives are carefully broken down and explained, including adult day care and all-inclusive care, with the author discussing what is covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Throughout the manual, Goldsmith urges readers to take proactive control of these and all other decisions concerning their own declining years and those of their loved ones. There’s extensive and clearly presented information on how to choose a nursing home and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, including breakdowns of how to approach interviewing administrators, nursing directors, activities directors, and everyone else who’ll be responsible for caregiving. Fact sheets and checklists help to organize and prioritize the vast amount of information presented here. But equally important is the manual’s calm, even tone—the life changes outlined here are very emotionally charged and can be frightening, especially to those facing them firsthand. Yet even when he’s writing about the fine details of contracts and other legal arrangements, Goldsmith is never pessimistic or fearmongering. The assumption at all times is that nursing homes are an inevitable fact of life for most people and should therefore be dealt with plainly and openly. Scores of readers likely considered this book’s first edition intensely, almost uniquely useful. Those readers and many more should find this invaluable second edition equally so.

An indispensable examination of nursing home realities.

Pub Date: April 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-9840-0553-3

Page Count: 252

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Possibly inspired by the letters Cleary has received as a children's author, this begins with second-grader Leigh Botts' misspelled fan letter to Mr. Henshaw, whose fictitious book itself derives from the old take-off title Forty Ways W. Amuse a Dog. Soon Leigh is in sixth grade and bombarding his still-favorite author with a list of questions to be answered and returned by "next Friday," the day his author report is due. Leigh is disgruntled when Mr. Henshaw's answer comes late, and accompanied by a set of questions for Leigh to answer. He threatens not to, but as "Mom keeps nagging me about your dumb old questions" he finally gets the job done—and through his answers Mr. Henshaw and readers learn that Leigh considers himself "the mediumest boy in school," that his parents have split up, and that he dreams of his truck-driver dad driving him to school "hauling a forty-foot reefer, which would make his outfit add up to eighteen wheels altogether. . . . I guess I wouldn't seem so medium then." Soon Mr. Henshaw recommends keeping a diary (at least partly to get Leigh off his own back) and so the real letters to Mr. Henshaw taper off, with "pretend," unmailed letters (the diary) taking over. . . until Leigh can write "I don't have to pretend to write to Mr. Henshaw anymore. I have learned to say what I think on a piece of paper." Meanwhile Mr. Henshaw offers writing tips, and Leigh, struggling with a story for a school contest, concludes "I think you're right. Maybe I am not ready to write a story." Instead he writes a "true story" about a truck haul with his father in Leigh's real past, and this wins praise from "a real live author" Leigh meets through the school program. Mr. Henshaw has also advised that "a character in a story should solve a problem or change in some way," a standard juvenile-fiction dictum which Cleary herself applies modestly by having Leigh solve his disappearing lunch problem with a burglar-alarmed lunch box—and, more seriously, come to recognize and accept that his father can't be counted on. All of this, in Leigh's simple words, is capably and unobtrusively structured as well as valid and realistic. From the writing tips to the divorced-kid blues, however, it tends to substitute prevailing wisdom for the little jolts of recognition that made the Ramona books so rewarding.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 1983

ISBN: 143511096X

Page Count: 133

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 16, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1983

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