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About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Susan B Geffen is regarded as the "ELDER CARE GURU" by tens of thousands of Baby Boomers and seniors who have attended her popular "Raising UP Your Parents" seminars and e-newsletter subscribers.

She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Illinois State University and after moving to California, her Law Degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.

She was a civil rights attorney for most of her career advocating for elderly and disabled clients.

She received her Master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California after teaching as an Elder Law Professor at Loyola Law School and serving as in-house general counsel for a major nursing home corporation based in Southern California.

As one of only a few elder law attorneys in the United States with a Master’s Degree in gerontology, Susan has a unique perspective on caring for our elders and planning for the future.

Susan is a highly sought after lecturer for associations and corporations throughout the U.S.

Susan continues to practice as a geriatric care manager and elder law attorney in California, and consults with families throughout the U.S. over the phone.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Consulting, Incorporated; 1 edition (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984216014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984216017
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Take That Nursing Home and Shove It!

Susan B. Geffen is a Gerontologist and Elder Law Attorney. This 2013 book has 12 chapters, a `List of Resources', 3 Appendices, `Source Notes', and an `Index'. This book warns you against ever going into a nursing home (`Introduction'). The nursing home lobby is very powerful. Most nursing homes are understaffed, their residents are abused or neglected. Life in a nursing home does not allow "dignity and independence" (p.2). Most voters over 40 years old cannot afford more than 3 months of nursing home care. Good physical and mental health habits can thwart the development of most chronic diseases (p.9). [I believe Medicare will only pay for 3 months of care. That may explain why some are calling for assisted suicide.]

Chapter 1 educates you to the fact that most people do not prepare for long-term care services. Nursing home care can run from $50,000 to $300,000 a year. [What happens when your money runs out? The calls for "assisted suicide" may be the answer.] Medicare does not pay for long-term care (p.18). Children who care for parents often suffer (p.19). A joint checking account has problems (p.21). Naming a child as co-owner of your home has problems (p.23). An "advance health care directive" can avoid problems (p.25). Keep your important documents handy (p.28).

Chapter 3 explains a "nursing facility". Its for people who need help in daily living. Mental illness is often the decisive factor for placement in a nursing home. There are restrictions on Medicare (p.42) and Medicaid (p.43). Residents can suffer from unnecessary pressure sores, weight loss, malnutrition, and uncontrolled blood sugar (Chapter 4). Many residents have to sign admission agreements that work against the resident (p.66).
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My 95 year old Mom is starting to have more difficulty living at home, so I turned to this excellent book for advice. It really helped us understand all the gobbledygook that the nursing homes have been throwing at us rapidly and in doublespeak. Now that we understand the system, it is helping us to make a good decision WITH my Mom as to whether she wants to move to an assisted living community or whether some accommodations to her current situation would be better.
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Every physician specializing in geriatric care should have this book on his or her desk AND available to patients and their families. The book should put everyone on alert that if a nursing home is a likely future consideration-WATCH OUT AND KNOW what you might be signing up for and search for viable alternatives. Each page is filled with important information. Awareness is a critical step to elder care.
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A brilliant book by a a recognized authority on the subject. A "must read" by anyone seeking a place of respite for him/herself or a beloved family member. It delineates the criteria by which the reader can ensure that a loved one will be treated safely and with compassion in a warm and nourishing environment.
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Information in this book is important for all who are or will be getting older to know. Don't think of a nursing home as a sweet, kind place where residents sit around playing games and laughing. Susan Geffen knows her field, and we would be wise to be informed.
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There are many things to consider regarding the future of an aging parent. This book is a good reference for the issues that should be considered and provides answers to many questions. The book can assist in making wise decisions that can have a significant affect on the care and financial outcome for an older individual.
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This book contains all the information a family will need to make an informed decision on the care of a loved one- when
that time arrives. The book also addresses legal issues and paperwork to be in place when the times arrives when the
loved one can no longer make decisions for him/her self. Highly recommend content of this book.
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The information in this book is invaluable...written with intelligence and wit, so that all readers will enjoy learning just as I have. With gratitude and appreciation for Susan's heartfelt contribution to making a difference in the lives of parents and children alike....and showing me a way to help continue my Mother's and my own life with dignity and grace. I now feel confident to make heartfelt and better choices....and "SHOVE" all that will not serve me!!!!
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