But This Is My Mother!: The Plight of Our Elders in American Nursing Homes

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June Rose Loucks spent the last years of her life as a total care resident in an average-rated nursing home. The indignities and careless behaviors documented here by her daughter are bone-chilling. Author Cynthia Loucks reveals a version of hell on earth as she weaves anecdotes of personal and professional experiences with information about the nursing home industry in general. She offers helpful advice to anyone who is feeling cornered by the system and describes grassroots programs that give the rest of us ...
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Overview

June Rose Loucks spent the last years of her life as a total care resident in an average-rated nursing home. The indignities and careless behaviors documented here by her daughter are bone-chilling. Author Cynthia Loucks reveals a version of hell on earth as she weaves anecdotes of personal and professional experiences with information about the nursing home industry in general. She offers helpful advice to anyone who is feeling cornered by the system and describes grassroots programs that give the rest of us reason to hope for a better future.
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Almost a quarter of America's nursing home residents receive substandard care, according to government reports, despite numerous state and federal regulations created to protect the nation's most vulnerable citizens. When a paralyzing stroke and dementia force Loucks's mother to move to a nursing home, the author quickly learned that it would up to her to ensure that her mother was neither neglected nor harmed by the home's overworked, often indifferent care providers. A psychotherapist who had also worked as a nursing assistant in a nursing home, Loucks details her mother's life as a total-care resident in a typical skilled-nursing facility and her own attempts to advocate for better care. Woven into the narrative are specifics about how she monitored her mother's well-being--studying her chart, being present when she was being attended to, explaining her dietary needs, and finding new physicians when necessary. What results is an honest picture of life in a nursing home combined with much useful information for residents' families. A resource list includes nursing home reform organizations. Recommended for consumer-health and aging collections.--Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Inst., Cleveland, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889242125
  • Publisher: VanderWyk & Burnham
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,500,982
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Author's Preface xiii
1 It's Pretty Bad 1
2 From Now On 9
3 The Long and Winding Road 27
4 No Turning Back 41
5 Reweaving Old Threads 53
6 No Glory 65
7 Total Care 81
8 Missed Opportunities and Moments Seized 97
9 To Eat or Not to Eat 107
10 Finding Our Way 117
11 Just Call Me Sisyphus 129
12 There IS Somebody Home 143
13 On a Wing and a Prayer 157
14 Fractured Care 169
15 Slipping Away 183
16 The Full Moon Sets 195
17 Pushing, Pulling, and Just Standing Still 209
18 Hope Rising 219
Appendix A Selecting a Nursing Home for Your Loved One 237
Appendix B Working with a Family Council 240
Bibliography 242
Resources 245
Index 247
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