Written conversationally and from personal experience, this handbook offers suggestions on assisted living – how to find the right place, how to get ready for the move, and what to look for after the move. It relies on personal stories and observations to clarify the points being made. It covers everything from maintenance and housekeeping, to emotional issues and personal interactions, to activities and things to look for on your visits to find the best place for mom or dad, or your favorite aunt. The practical section of ideas for useful gifts and necessities, and the eye-opening accounts written from the viewpoint of residents make this an important first-read for anyone considering assisted living for a loved one.
Eva Graham is an author who writes factual non-fiction from personal experience to convey to a broad audience her life-lessons, and the insight that has come from her three-year real-life encounter with assisted living. Her prior life experiences have included working in complex technical and administrative environments as well as in a broad range of volunteer efforts generally in historic preservation and historical interpretation. These efforts and others have prepared her to see and understand detail as well as perfecting her compassion to understand the “people side” of any equation. Her persistence, focus, and abilities are built on increased responsibility in these roles during over twenty-five years of government service, plus her extensive volunteer efforts right up to the present. She now adds relevant and intense first-person experience with the challenges and intricacies of assisted living.
A personal account of going through the decisions for extended care, things to look for and how to maintain control through the stay, and an A-Z guide for the tough decisions and danger-areas of extended care for a loved one.
~ Michael G. R.N.
A must read for anyone in preparing to place a parent or loved one. This author’s observations of the daily woes of residents, and practices utilized by facilities to keep beds full of paying customers, are very relevant, and more commonplace than not. As a result of my experience as a Hospice Nurse and a Certified case Manager, it is clear to me that this book has left out nothing in preparing for the move as well as the choice of facilities. It clearly covers realities of emotions the residents feel once in a facility, and many of the operational shortcomings of facilities.
~ Patrick R., R.N., C.C.M.