Inside Assisted Living
The Search for Home
With Sheryl Zimmerman, Lynn Keimig, Robert L. Rubinstein, John G. Schumacher, Debra Dobbs, Tommy B. Piggee, Jr. and Leanne J. Clark, Foreword by Bill Thomas, M.D.
Drawing on in-depth interviews with residents, their family members, staffers, and administrators, Inside Assisted Living opens the window on day-to-day life in six different types of assisted living residence. From "Miss Helen at Valley Glen Home" to "Mr. Sidney at Laurel Ridge," the detailed profiles of individuals show the commonalities among the residences while highlighting the positive and negative aspects of each. The voices of those living, visiting, and working in the homes clarify the important local (social relations, staff dynamics, leadership) and national (funding, regulation, aging-in-place) challenges presented by assisted living.
Introductory and concluding chapters synthesize new findings that cross the six settings and reflect issues vital to all participants. The book also features an appendix detailing the research process involved in creating the profiles.
About the Authors
"An excellent introduction for anyone who needs to acquaint himself or herself with assisted living in anticipation of having to choose assisted care for a parent or other loved one."—Barbara Petty, Boom!
"One of the most important books written about assisted living communities and the people who live in them. The authors succeed in unveiling the unknown dimension of dwelling in assisted living by bringing home to us the poignant reality and earnestness of living in a long-term care setting that strives to substitute for home."—Benyamin Schwarz, Ph.D., coeditor of Aging, Autonomy, and Architecture: Advances in Assisted Living
"Candid and honest . . . Inside Assisted Living helps to heighten the awareness of the need for psychological services to this currently major and rapidly growing population."—Richard H. Cox, PsycCRITIQUES
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