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How to Keep Mom (and Yourself) Out of a Nursing Home: Seven Keys to Keeping Your Independence Paperback – April 16, 2010

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About the Author

David Fisher, MD is triple boarded in family medicine, geriatrics, and palliative medicine. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his fellowship in geriatrics at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He currently practices with Doctors Making Housecalls in Raleigh-Durham.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: David Fisher ,MD LLC (April 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984420207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984420209
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Raquel on May 7, 2010
I lost my mom suddenly a couple of years ago and since then, I've been very interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the sake of my health and for my kids.

It was disheartening to see my mom's health deteriorate overtime from not doing the simple things that Dr. Fisher talks about doing in his book. However, I love the fact that he doesn't just talk about the physical things one needs to do, but also addresses the potential issues with Medicare and the options if you do need long term care.

This is not just a self-help book, but an educational and how-to deal with the issues that we need, but feel uncomfortable to do. Dr. Fisher makes a great case based on his own experience and writes it in a way that helps me feel comfortable and encourage to make the necessary changes.

In addition, this book is refreshing and absolutely relevant to my generation who are dealing with aging parents and self awareness of our mortality. Now I know have a better sense of where I can make healthy choices, understand my future options and prepare better for the eventual for not only me, but my loved ones who need this advice.
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No one wants to end his or her life in a nursing home. If you have visited a relative or friend in one, you know how depressing a nursing home can be, even the better ones. Since most people may at some point become candidates for living in a nursing home, this book is an excellent guide on how to minimize the chances of that happening. The author is a nursing home doctor who specializes in geriatrics; he has admitted thousands of people to nursing homes, so he has significant experience which provides a solid foundation for the book.

The book has many outstanding qualities. First, the book is well organized by chapters. It has a chapter on each of the seven primary reasons a person ends up in a nursing home. Second, the author does an incredible job of explaining how our bodies work in a language that is understandable to a lay person. He explains in detail what your regular physician may fail to tell you because of his or her limited time to interact with you. In each chapter, the author first clearly describes how a portion of our body functions. Then he describes what can go wrong. Finally, and most important, he provides preventive measures. At the end of each chapter is a list of action items. There is also an informative chapter on finances. For example, it clearly explains how medicare and medicaid work relative to nursing home care. This discussion is understandable unlike many government documents. This chapter also discusses long-term care insurance and what the tradeoffs are.

Since we all age, this book is for everyone.
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I originally purchased this book thinking it was a resource for caregivers on keeping an aging parent out of a nursing home for as long as possible. I soon found out that it was much more.

Having been a registered nurse for almost 30 years and a caregiver for my father who lived with me in my home for 4 years before he passed away, it was my goal to keep my father out of a nursing home. I've done clinical practice in several of these homes as part of my training (I apologize to all nursing homes who do their best to provide great care within their limited budgets) but I am not a fan of them!

Not only does Dr. Fisher explain how suddenly a crisis can occur that places a parent or aging spouse into a nursing home, but he also provides wonderful information for those of us in our mid-life years on how we can better avoid ending up in one ourselves.

He discusses the importance of maintaining our independence by taking care of our bodies and also discusses systems which should be put into place as soon as possible (durable powers of attorney for health care, trusts, wills and long-term care insurance).

This is a great book for everyone, not just for those who are caring for aging relatives.

Thanks, Dr. Fisher.

Shelley Webb R.N.
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This is an excellent book. It is instructing you what are the real problems and how to solve them in order to age in your home. It is not one of the other type of books which instructs you how to manage care of elder people. Instead it explains what are the reasons somebody may need hospitalization into a Nursing Home and how to avoid it as long as you can. I own a company (perlis-aal.com) which develops products to Age in Place and I still think that this book envisioned me about what and how to do.
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Simple, straightforward ideas for taking care of yourself and your loved ones as they age. Great book to help your family members keep the freedom that they want in living on their own...
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