Don’t let the cover and title fool you, this book isn’t just for residents’ of nursing homes. The entire health care industry as well as the public would benefit from reading this book. Why?
The elderly residing in long-term care is estimated to reach 4.4 million by 2040. That means most of us will visit a relative or stay at a LTC facility in the foreseeable future. Some may be admitted for short term rehab-post knee replacement, hip replacement, injury, stroke, etc. and others move in permanently. There’s a huge stigma attached to nursing homes, which is a barrier that is stopping people from seeking help. From my experience, most nursing homes with good ratings and/or Joint Commission accreditation are actually pretty awesome.
Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera has over 15 years experience as a nursing home psychologist. Her blog, My Better Nursing Home is a great resource for the health industry. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. El (as we call her) back in New York and I can always count on her to offer us insight to take better care of our residents. Her in-services were always enjoyable because of her charisma and sense of humor. I thought I’d add Dr. El’s dedication page below.
The vignettes between Dr. El and the residents were my personal favorite. With permission from Dr. El, I present to you a preview:
Her book is fun, informative and witty. A very easy read. If I was an administrator of a medical facility, I would make The Savvy Resident’s Guide a mandatory reading.
Medical Staff: Want some tips on how to calm down anxious residents? Or perhaps you’re looking for new ways to improve as a health care professional?
Families: Curious about how nursing homes work? Want strategies to help your loved one cope with staying in a nursing home?
Students: Thinking about volunteering or working in a nursing home?
Residents (Patients): Are you scared of being admitted to a nursing home? Worried about the unfamiliar? This book will provide all the answers and prepare you for you stay.
I couldn’t put the book down and read it from start to finish in one sitting. Get your copy today! iPhone users can download the kindle application.
I’m very honored to have been acknowledged in her book. I played a very small role in Chapter 6: Dietary Department: Food, Glorious Food.