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

ISBN-10: 0826515630

ISBN-13: 9780826515636

Edition: 2007

Authors: Beth Baker
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Description: 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 this new book, 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 associatd 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.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Beth Baker, a long-time freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, AARP Bulletin, Washingtonian, and Ms. Magazine, is the features editor of BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Baker is the author of Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes, also published by Vanderbilt University Press. She and her husband live in a close-knit community in Takoma Park, Maryland.

The last resort
"Promise you'll never put me in a nursing home" : why we're in denial
"I almost cried" : the universal longing for home
Stories from the front lines of change
"We'll fly to Paris" : honoring individual choice
"We are nothing" : empowering staff
"This is my home" : tearing up the blueprints
"You can dance alone or we'll dance with you" : creating community
From the top of the ferris wheel : breaking barriers
Beyond bingo : finding meaning in late life
Family-friendly homes : welcoming relatives to the team
The zen of memory loss : living in the moment
"My bags are packed" : dying in the nursing home
Making the case for change
Too good to be true? : overcoming obstacles
Baby boomers' legacy? : building a movement
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