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Take That Nursing Home and Shove It!: How to Secure an Independent Future for Yourself and Your Loved Ones. Paperback – December 11, 2012
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrific comprehensive elder care resource. Thoughtfully written from a compassionate perspective.Published 11 months ago by Emily Post
While better than a lot of books on this topic, the author doesn't go nearly far enough into helping people understand home care options, and at least some of her advice seems to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Diane
Very well written.
A very comprehensive book which covers all aspects of this subject very well..
mostly information I already know about nursing homes, assisted living, medicare and Medicaid. If you need to learn the fundamentals of these programs and institutions you could... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Arlene Harris
Susan spoke at a company I work for and learned about her book. It is a must have book for everyone concerning long life for family members or personal planning. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Durand
I ordered this book from Amazon in October when an elderly relative had a major stroke and was hospitalized. This book has been a life saver for me. That was four months ago. Read morePublished 15 months ago by kim
This book is full of information useful to seniors, families and caregivers. I am a senior, and once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Crane
I have not read this book. However my husband did and said it is a must read for anyone over 65 years of age.Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Rosalie M. Hoffbefrg