For those of you who have been wondering, yes Roz Chast did find her sister’s grave. With help from a fan and findagrave.com, she solved it. Here’s the epilogue, penned years later (also included in the article):
Here are a few articles outlining the history of nursing homes in America, reflecting our culture and evolution on the subject of elder care and how we see how we take care of our older relatives. I won’t include the thousands and thousands of stories of nursing home and elder care abuse stories out there, mainly because they are so numerous and easily found. But I would like to focus this post on the history of nursing homes, the outlook for the nursing home industry, and the legal recourse for abuse victims.
George State University Law Review – From Almshouses to Nursing Homes and Community Care: Lessons from Medicaid’s History
National Center for Health Statistics: Nursing Home Care
National Center for Biotechnology Information: The Changing Structure of the Nursing Home Industry and the Impact of Ownership on Quality, Cost, and Access (published c.1986)
Franchise-Help.com: Senior Care Industry 2016 At a Glance
Bankrate.com: Americans racked by retirement fears
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Improving Patient Safety in Nursing Homes:
A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture
Elder Law Answers: What Nursing Home Staff Levels Are Required?
New York Times: The Right to Sue Restored
United States Senate Special Committee on Aging: Senate Unanimously Approves Collins, Blumenthal Resolution Recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Since Roz brings up a lot of different difficult topics up in this book, I’ve decided to focus on a few topics to highlight resources and interesting articles. The first topic I want to touch on is Sundowning.
Mayo Clinic – Sundowning: Late-Day Confusion
Alzheimer’s Association – Sleep Issues and Sundowning
The Atlantic – An Overnight Nursing Home for Dementia Patients
New York Times – Behind the Scenes: Capturing Mental Twilight
Intentional Caregiver – My Experiences with “Sundowning”