Being Mortal: Dependence
It is not death that the very old tell me they fear. It is what happens short of death - Losing their hearing, their memory, their best friends, their way of life. As [one protagonist] put it to me, "Old age is a continuous series of losses." Philip Roth put it more bitterly in his novel 'Everyman:' "Old age is not a battle. Old age is a massacre."
- How can our caregivers recognize the loss of control and quality of life that our clients are experiencing and work to offset the impact of those losses?
- One aspect of the nursing home experience that was described in the chapter was that in nursing homes, the prevailing services are related to health like maintaining weight, but the practices are also designed to put the residents on a regimen that they don't have much control over. In home care our task lists are mostly driven by Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). How would we design a home care agency if we were our clients?
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