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Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes

Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes

by Beth Baker


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Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes

On investigative visits to nursing homes across the nation, Beth Baker has witnessed profound changes. Culture change leaders are tearing up everything—the floor plans, the flow charts, the schedules, the lousy menus, the attitudes, the rules—and starting from scratch. They are creating extraordinary places where people live in dignity and greet the day with contentment, assisted by employees who feel valued and appreciated. Perhaps most surprising, these homes prove that a high quality of life does not have to cost more. Some of the best homes in the nation serve primarily low-income people who are on Medicaid.

In Old Age in a New Age, Baker tell the story of a better way to live in old age. Although each home is different, they share common values: respecting individual choices; empowering staff; fostering a strong community of elders, staff, family members, and volunteers; redesigning buildings from a hospital model to a home (where pets and children are part of everyday life); and honoring people when they die. Her visits to more than two dozen facilities include those associated with the Eden Alternative, Green House, Kendal, and the Pioneer Network. Whether these transformational homes become the norm or the domain of a lucky few is the question that faces the next generation of elders, the baby boomers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826515636
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

A former hospital worker herself, Beth Baker is a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to the Washington Post Health Section and the AARP Bulletin. Baker is the winner of two Gold National Mature Media Awards for her reporting on aging.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Promise You'll Never Put Me in a Nursing Home--Why We're in Denial

2. "I Almost Cried"--The Universal Longing for Home

3. I'll Give You Paris--Honoring Individual Choice

4. We Are Nothing--Empowering Staff

5. This Is My Home--Tearing Up the Blueprints

6. You Can Dance Alone or We'll Dance with You--Creating Community

7. From the Top of the Ferris Wheel--Breaking Barriers

8. Beyond Bingo--Finding Meaning in Late Life

9. Is It Too Much to Ask?--Welcoming Families

10. The Zen of Memory Loss--Living in the Moment

11. My Bags Are Packed--Dying in the Nursing Home

12. Too Good to be True?--Overcoming Obstacles

13. Baby Boomers' Legacy?--Building a Movement

Resident's Rights
Pioneer Network Values and Principles
Eden Alternative Principles

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