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Living Well in a Nursing Home Everything You and Your Folks Need to Know

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ISBN-10: 0897934601

ISBN-13: 9780897934602

Edition: 2005

Authors: Lynn Dickinson, Xenia Vosen, Severine Biedermann

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Lynn Dickinson lives in Santa Monica, California, far away from her own three brothers, who, to her surprise, have turned out to be quite nice now that they're all grown-up. She lives with her husband, her daughter, a goofy dog named Mocha, and two cats named Violet and Gracie. (Vio-let is a boy cat who will happily give a high-five to anyone who asks nicely.) Brother Haters Anonymous is Lynn's first novel. The sequel is tentatively titled: Brother Haters of the World, Unite! Lynn is also working on a new book series called: Princess Boot Camp that will be ready soon. When she's not reading, writing, or teaching Media Studies at Santa Monica College, Lynn enjoys watching her daughter Aspen…    

Acknowledgments
Preface
...from Lynn Dickinson
...from Xenia Vosen
Introduction
Why We Wrote This Book
Who This Book Is For
How to Read This Book
Making the Long-Term-Care Decision
Stepping into New Territory
Why We Feel So Bad about Nursing Homes
What We Mean When We Say "Nursing Home"
What We Mean When We Say "You"
Some Assumptions
The Phone Call That Will Change Your Life
Here Come the Changes!
Making Friends with Change
Exercise: Determining Your Personal Change-Related Stress Level
It's Bigger than We Are: Changes in Society That Have Affected Aging and Culture
Why Things Are Different for Our Generation
Comparison: Then and Now
Past Ways of Caring
Coping with Longevity
Improvements in Living Conditions
What Long-Term Care Really Looks Like
The Home-Care Instinct
Home Care as a First Impulse
What Does "Home" Mean?
Exercise: What Does "Home" Mean?
Your Loved One's Condition
Your Energy Level
The Need for Community
The Economics of Home Care
Serving Others Versus Serving Yourself: Finding the Balance
A Note about Senior Day Care
Exercise: Are You Ready for Home Care?
Maybe We'll Just Give It a Try...
Your Feelings Matter More than You May Think
Your Feelings Determine Your Experience
The Nature of Emotions
What You May Be Feeling about the Nursing Home Decision
Emotional Soup
Exercise: Understanding Your Mix of Emotions
You've Decided ... Now What?
Finding the Right Nursing Home
A Change in Abilities Calls for a Change in Living Arrangements
Different Kinds of Long-Term-Care Facilities
What Kind of Care Does My Parent Need?
Beginning the Search
Location: Finding Nursing Homes in Your (or Your Parent's) Area
Size of the Nursing Home
Who Owns the Nursing Home?
Paying for the Nursing Home
Facilities and Services
The Nursing Home Staff
Your First Visit
Facility Checklist
Taking Your Parent with You when You Visit
Waiting Lists
Once You've Found a Facility You Like
Talking It Over with Your Parent
Preparing Clothing and Other Possessions
Keeping Your Parent's House or Apartment
Moving In and Feeling at Home Are Two Different Things
The First Day
Making the Most of Life in a Nursing Home
A Day in the Life of a Nursing Home
What Around-the-Clock Care Looks Like
A Day in the Life of a Nursing Home Aide
A Day in the Life of Some Nursing Home Residents
A Day in the Life of a Nursing Home Director
Staying in Touch with Your Loved One Who Lives in a Nursing Home
When to Visit
How Often to Visit
How Long to Visit
How Many People to Take when You Visit
What to Do During Your Visit
You Know More than You Think You Do
Special Activities for Staying in Touch
How to Celebrate the Holidays when Your Parent Lives in a Nursing Home
Managing Common Conflicts in a Nursing Home
Conflicts Between Residents and Family Members
Conflicts Between Residents (or, the Battle of the Wheelchairs)
Conflicts Between Residents and Staff
Conflicts Between Family Members and Staff
Conflicts Between Family Members Other than the Resident
Conflicts Within Yourself
Working with the Nursing Home Staff
Communication in General
Showing Your Appreciation
Offering Critical Feedback
Can't Get No Satisfaction: What to Do when You Have a Complaint
Other Important Things to Know
Dehydration
Addictions
Dementia
Sexuality
Laundry Complaints (or, Nobody Is Stealing Your Mother's Underwear)
Money
Housekeeping
The Use of Restraints
Changing Institutions
Saying Goodbye: Leaving the Nursing Home
Special Goodbyes
In Conclusion
Recommended Reading
Bibliography
Resources
Authors' Website
For General Information and Statistics on Aging
To Locate and Research Nursing Homes
For Long-Term-Care Information and Advocacy
To Contact State Agencies
To Report a Case of Elder Abuse
For Caregivers
Online Support for All Issues Faced by Adult Children of Elderly Parents
To Learn Skills for Interpersonal Communication and Emotional Literacy
Index