Author: Beth Baker
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
On investigative visits to nursing homes across the nation, the author has witnessed profound changes. Culture change leaders are tearing up everything [...]. They are creating extraordinary places where people live in dignity and greet the day with contentment, assisted by employees who feel valued and appreciated. Perhaps most surprising, these homes prove that a high quality of life does not have to cost more. [...] In this new book, the author tell the story of a better way to live in old age. Although each home is different, they share common values: respecting individual choices; empowering staff; fostering a strong community of elders, staff, family members, and volunteers; redesigning buildings from a hospital model to a home (where pets and children are part of everyday life); and honoring people when they die. [...] [Ed.].