The Human Factor in Nursing Home Care / Edition 1

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Overview

In an attempt to challenge the prevailing attitudes and images of nursing homes in America, the authors have written a touching book about the people and the relationships that are a part of nursing home care. Their extensive study of and experience with nursing home residents and caregivers reveal that our negative and often painful thoughts about nursing homes are not always well-founded. The authors effectively use monologue and dialogue to take the reader into the world of the nursing home to observe the work of the nursing home staffs, from administrators to housekeepers, as they become surrogate families and friends of the patients. Most moving are the thoughts and words of the residents themselves, especially as they describe their initial horror and anger at being in the nursing home, and their feelings of abandonment and loss of self-esteem.

Valuable for both undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing, social work, psychology, death and dying, pastoral care and counseling, this comprehensive volume is useful as a primary or supplementary text.

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In an attempt to challenge the prevailing attitudes and images of nursing homes in America, David Oliver and Sally Tureman have written a touching book about the people and the relationships that are a part of nursing home care. Their extensive study of and experience with nursing home residents and caregivers reveal that our negative and often painful thoughts about nursing homes are not always well-founded. The authors effectively use monologue and dialogue to take the reader into the world of the nursing home to observe the work of the nursing home staffs, from administrators to housekeepers, as they become surrogate families and friends of the patients. Most moving are the thoughts and words of the residents themselves, especially as they describe their initial horror and anger at being in the nursing home, and their feelings of abandonment and loss of self-esteem. The Human Factor in Nursing Home Care provides a new and refreshing perspective of those who provide care in nursing homes and those who receive it. And, in the end, it challenges the reader to consider his or her own images of aging and of dying.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Members of the People's Medical Society, producers of Take This Book to the Hospital with You , created How To Evaluate and Select a Nursing Home to provide information for those faced with placing elderly relatives in long-term care facilities. The authors offer a list of alternatives to nursing home care to assist in decision making, definitions of the kinds of homes and varying levels of care provided, and regulations regarding home ownership and licensing. They devote most of the book to lists of questions and check lists to help evaluate the older person's health and financial status, and the services and atmosphere of the home itself. A brief but useful guide. The Human Factor in Nursing Home Care , first published as an issue of the journal, Activities, Adaptation & Aging , was written by two clergy who apparently spent time as ``residents'' in the nursing home where they were chaplains to learn what life was like there. Their book is an awkward attempt to change negative attitudes and stereotypes about the elderly and, in particular, nursing home residents. It strings together highly personal anecdotes and observations that culminate in the ``affirmation of aging and death'' adapted from the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Not in the least scholarly, researched, or objective, the book is often patronizing to those it portrays and confusing to the reader. A better study of life in a nursing home is Jaber F. Gubrium's Living and Dying at Murray Manor ( LJ 5/1/76).Karen McNally Bensing, Metropolitan General Hospital Lib., Cleveland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780866567329
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1988
  • Series: Activities, Adaptation and Aging Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Engagement
  • The Encounter
  • The Executioners
  • The Prisoners in 107A and 216A
  • Part II: Players
  • The Performers in the Drama
  • The Caregivers
  • Administrators, Supervisors, and the Underground
  • Part III: Transformation
  • Celebration
  • Discoveries
  • A New Vision
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