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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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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.
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.
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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Great resource! I have had to purchase 2 additional copies for other family members!Published 6 months ago by Andrea W. White
It not only outlines the things that will land you in a nursing home but it gives you suggestions to avoid the things.
Now it is up to you. All the information is there.
This book was very helpful as it explained things I need to do now to help me keep my independence as long as possible.Published 23 months ago by Shirley M. Ovington