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Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes (Hardback)
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Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 30/05/2007
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On investigative visits to nursing homes across the nation, Beth Baker has witnessed profound changes. Culture change leaders are tearing up everything - the floor plans, the flow charts, the schedules, the lousy menus, the attitudes, the rules - and starting from scratch. They are creating extraordinary places where people live in dignity and greet the day with contentment, assisted by employees who feel valued and appreciated. Perhaps most surprising, these homes prove that a high quality of life does not have to cost more. Some of the best homes in the nation serve primarily low-income people who are on Medicaid. In this new book, Baker tells the story of a better way to live in old age. Although each home is different, they share common values: respecting individual choices; empowering staff; fostering a strong community of elders, staff, family members, and volunteers; redesigning buildings from a hospital model to a home (where pets and children are part of everyday life); and honoring people when they die. Her visits to more than two dozen facilities include those associated with the Eden Alternative, Green House, Kendal, and the Pioneer Network. Whether these transformational homes become the norm or the domain of a lucky few is the question that faces the next generation of elders, the baby boomers.

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
ISBN: 9780826515629
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Old Age in a New Age" is a proactive wake up call written in an easy-to-read style.
--Julie Ann Buss, RN, "Inside GCM"
"Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes" [is] an engaging, compassionate and well-researched book that anyone who plans to live beyond the age of 80 would benefit from reading.
--"Workforce Management"
Baker's book on the promise of transformative nursing homes is a step forward in understanding a process that has started and should be continued.
--"Choice"
This is the best book I have read to date about the promise that transformative nursing homes will produce better lives for elders, caregivers, and families, and that this change is spreading far beyond the small group of initiators.
--"Care Management Journals"
My 100-year-old mother is one of the many older people whose negative image of nursing homes made her plead with me never to put her in one. In "Old Age in a New Age" Beth Baker describes the enew communities that look and feel much more like a home than a hospital both in their physical design and in the relationships that they nurture. After my mother reads Beth Baker's well written, thoughtful and authoritative account of this revolution in older residences, it should persuade her that she will be much happier in one of these than with a caretaker and the social isolation of a center city condominium.
--Leonard Hayflick, Past President, The Gerontological Society of America"
""Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes" [is] an engaging, compassionate and well-researched book that anyone who plans to live beyond the age of 80 would benefit from reading."
"Workforce Management""
""Old Age in a New Age" is a proactive wake up call written in an easy-to-read style."
Julie Ann Buss, RN, "Inside GCM""
"This is the best book I have read to date about the promise that transformative nursing homes will produce better lives for elders, caregivers, and families, and that this change is spreading far beyond the small group of initiators."
--Care Management Journals
"Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes [is] an engaging, compassionate and well-researched book that anyone who plans to live beyond the age of 80 would benefit from reading."
--Workforce Management
"Old Age in a New Age is a proactive wake up call written in an easy-to-read style."
--Julie Ann Buss, RN, Inside GCM
"Baker's book on the promise of transformative nursing homes is a step forward in understanding a process that has started and should be continued."
--Choice
"My 100-year-old mother is one of the many older people whose negative image of nursing homes made her plead with me never to put her in one. In Old Age in a New Age, Beth Baker describes the new communities that look and feel much more like a home than a hospital both in their physical design and in the relationships that they nurture. After my mother reads Beth Baker's well written, thoughtful and authoritative account of this revolution in older residences, it should persuade her that she will be much happier in one of these than with a caretaker and the social isolation of a center city condominium."
--Leonard Hayflick, former president of the Gerontological Society of America

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