In 'Nursing Homes Explained,' an RN specializing in Gerontology shares her knowledge to help prepare readers for the inevitable decisions that have to be made as we and our loved ones age, and it provides a useful overview of the industry for nursing students and others thinking of entering the field.
The book educates readers about the long-term care industry and the field of gerontology, with a discussion on death and dying, Alzheimer units, rehabilitation processes, elder abuse, the physician s role, and how corporations, middle management and direct care providers operate within the elder-care/medical profession. This book will help readers understand more about gerontological nursing, how the different nursing specialties interact, and the necessity for multidisciplinary team approaches to improve systems in the industry.
The book also highlights some of the many individuals who have contributed to reaching for higher care levels in nursing homes. Innovative processes such as the Eden Alternative and the Quality Indicator Survey process are introduced, which will assist people to understand the wide range of ways in which the system can be improved.
As the author emphasizes throughout the book, the psychology of kindness is essential and needs to be demonstrated by everyone in the gerontological field, from care-providers to families and patients. Consideration and humor are, in fact, most important for creating a positive atmosphere for everyone in nursing homes.
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Delia Franklin, RN, has risen through the ranks in Gerontological Nursing, advancing from a staff nurse to a charge nurse, then to an MDS coordinator, and a Director of Nursing position in the long-term care industry. Her experience and knowledge base about nursing homes and gerontological nursing led her to produce this book with the aim of informing families about the realities they face and the options they have in taking care of the aged, while offering ideas to help everyone involved to make the experience more satisfying for patients and practitioners alike.Review:
Nursing homes will become increasingly necessary as the population lives ever longer, and the need for these facilities has resulted in seemingly labyrinthine regulations. Franklin, a nursing director in a long-term care facility, addresses various aspects of this topic for general readers.
The book begins with a loose review of the structure and responsible parties in nursing homes. Following chapters discuss the roles of staff members, e.g., nurses, nursing assistants, physicians, and dietary specialists. . . [T]he regulatory processes in these institutions, a very important issue, receive ample mention. . . Pairing chapters on rehabilitation and on death/dying respectfully acknowledges the terminal realities of nursing homes.
This book may be useful for health care consumers and students considering careers in the long-term care profession. Summing Up: Recommended [for] General readers and lower-division undergraduates. --CHOICE, March 2014
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Book Description Algora Publishing, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M087586967X
Book Description Algora Pub, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 232 pages. 8.75x5.75x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 087586967X