HOME FOR LIFE depicts the experiences of two elderly people in their first month at a home for the aged. One is a woman whose struggle to remain useful in her son and daughter-in-law's home is no longer appreciated. The other is a widower, without a family, who suddenly realizes he can no longer take care of himself.
This renowned documentary offers an unblinking look at the feelings of the two new residents in their encounters with other residents, medical staff, social workers, psychiatrists and family. HOME FOR LIFE was the first documentary produced by Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams), a collective of filmmakers dedicated to understanding our society through films about the everyday human experience. A touching, sometimes painfully honest dramatic experience, it was fully recently fully restored with the help of a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.