- Paperback: 388 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; second edition edition (September 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801893526
- ISBN-13: 978-0801893520
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,005,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nursing Homes and Assisted Living: The Family's Guide to Making Decisions and Getting Good Care second edition Edition
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Silin, a geriatric social worker with his own management company, has worked with all those involved in the daily routines of nursing homes--the residents, their families and friends, and the professional and nonprofessional members of the staffs. His advice in this definitely nonacademic book is broadly based. He counsels realistically on what to look for in choosing a home, how to deal with the family member who will become a resident, and how to handle the various relationships that will be involved. He doesn't just discuss those matters; he also suggests what to say in various situations and how to say it. Moreover, he considers feelings of guilt and shame as well as such things as selection, costs, and handling complaints. Silin works in Canada, but the book's valuable appendixes contain information helpful to those living in the U.S., as well. William Beatty
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"[Silin] perfectly captures the enduring sense of loss, the eventual relief (to a small degree) and all the other intense emotions in between, experienced by everyone in the family... Silin's information is important to have on hand."(Pamela Fayerman Vancouver Sun)
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Peter, the author, is a caregiver and geriatric case manager. So he's been in an out of these places a lot. He writes with clarity and compassion and obvious authority and he doesn't pull a lot of punches. He makes it abundantly clear what your role as the child, spouse or sibling is and what you can do to make sure that a certain standard of care is provided to your loved one.
This book is one of the more sobering ones because there is nothing "no brainer" about any of this. Everyone has specific needs and is able to adapt to being institutionalized to varying degrees. On the other side of the coin, the people who give the care are stressed to the max. It requires thought, respect and a gentle touch for you to feel OK about the outcome... Tough stuff but then this is a tough deal.
Peter spends more time on nursing homes then others do which is actually an important thing to understand since its often the next and last stop after assisted living. He is a Canadian care so not only does he compare and contrast he offers up a lot of solid information specific to Canada. Turns out that Canadian care is much better regulated. It is the only such source I came across. If you are a Canadian this is the definitive choice.
This read was like I was attending group therapy sessions for individuals wrought with feelings of anxiety, guilt, fear and helplessness while dealing with the ongoing care of an aging parent.
I saw myself, my family and mother in so many of the case studies and passages brought forth in this book. I began to understand what needed to be done without letting raw emotion get in the way.
Although this was a most difficult decision my family had to make , I found this book an invaluable resource when it came time to make that decision.
Mom is now happily living in a retirement centre, but missing her beloved home. Knowing that she is in a safe environment surrounded by professionals taking care of her needs, I can sleep at night.
I encourage all to read this book.