Unit 7 - Unit 7 1. How does Bill Thomas propose changing...

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Unit 7 1. How does Bill Thomas propose changing the nursing home so that people don’t think of it as just as a place where people go to die? In “(Not) the Same Old Story,” an article written by Chuck Salter, reviews recommendations from gerontologist Bill Thomas for changing nursing homes to make them livable and enjoyable to the residents. In 1999, after writing a book about improving long-term care for the elderly, Bill Thomas did what authors do: he hit the road for a promotional tour. He appeared on radio and television, and also met with public officials, offering his perspective as a gerontologist on what was wrong with nursing homes. They were utterly devoid of hope, love, humor, meaning, and the very stuff of life. He gave lectures on the changes he had in mind, which included adding pets, plants, and children to nursing home life. Thomas and his wife, Jude, made the Eden Alternative, the nonprofit organization that they operate out of their farm in Sherburne, New York. Typically, and Eden nursing home is divided into neighborhoods, with a staff that knows the residents personally, their backgrounds and interests as well as their medications. There are all sorts of activity: children playing, dogs and cats visiting rooms, birds chirping. The institution becomes a close- knit community teeming with life. The transformation, however, is often arduous. Creating an Eden home involves major organizational and cultural change, because the facility has to think differently about care, priorities, and old habits. For instance, the residents have more input into how the facility operates, as do the staff members who work closest with them, a shift that often proves difficult for traditional-minded administrators. 2. What are the advantages to old persons that move into continuing care communities? Continuing Care Retirement Communities are designed for seniors who are currently living independently but want the security of being cared for when needed, as they grow older. They encompass a long-term care contract for independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and certain healthcare services all at one location.
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This note was uploaded on 06/27/2009 for the course GERO 101 taught by Professor Yaghmaee during the Fall '08 term at San Diego State.

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