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In this practical guide intended for family members making placement decisions for their loved ones, Reed writes with authority, bringing to the subject ten years of experience working as a licensed practical nurse in a variety of nursing homes prior to becoming an attorney. She systematically describes the types of nursing homes, functions of staff members, and even the details of what goes on in each eight-hour shift. She follows with sections on the legal rights of residents and what the law requires of nursing homes, including mandatory inspections. The chapter on improving nursing home life suggests things to look for and questions to ask. Reed's warnings come through clearly, making the lengthy chapter called "Nursing Home Tragedies," while depressingly comprehensive, feel redundant. All of the suggestions are summed up in a succinct checklist to use when visiting and assessing nursing homes. Similar to Eric M. Carlson and Katharine Bau Hsiao's The Baby Boomer's Guide to Nursing Home Care but with the insight of Reed's insider experience, this is recommended for all public libraries.