Care Home Stories

Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Residential Care

Author: Sally Chivers,Ulla Kriebernegg

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839438055

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

View: 6297

Institutional care for seniors offers a cultural repository for fears and hopes about an aging population. Although enormous changes have occurred in how institutional care is structured, the legacies of the poorhouse still persist, creating panicked views of the nursing home as a dreaded fate. The paradoxical nature of a space meant to be both hospital and home offers up critical tensions for examination by age studies scholars. The essays in this book challenge stereotypes of institutional care for older adults, illustrate the changes that have occurred over time, and illuminate the continuities in the stories we tell about nursing homes.

E Is for Environment

Stories to Help Children Care for Their World--at Home, at School, and at Play

Author: Ian James Corlett

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439194572

Category: Nature

Page: 128

View: 2510

The author of E Is for Ethics offers a new interactive family book featuring twenty-six original stories with different eco-friendly messages, accompanied by delightful illustrations, discussion questions, and tips for conserving energy and natural resources. While there are many children’s books on the market that emphasize the importance of eco-awareness, there are few parenting books available that help shape a family discussion on what it means to be environmentally friendly. E Is for Environment fills that void. Perfect for reading together with children, this book will help both kids and adults think about ways to make their homes and habits better for the earth. Each story features Elliott and his younger sister Lucy, and each focuses on a different eco-friendly message to help kids learn how to appreciate our planet. A fun illustration and thought-provoking discussion questions accompany each tale, in addition to clever tips for thinking “green” and conserving natural resources. Corlett’s warm, approachable writing style, paired with R.A. Holt’s charming illustrations, result in a winning formula that is sure to garner the same rave plaudits that E Is for Ethics earned.

Geezer Stories

The Care and Feeding of Old People

Author: Laura Mansfield

Publisher: Wordcrafts Press

ISBN: 9781948679015


Page: 144

View: 6139

It's uncomfortable to talk about the unpleasant realities of growing old and having those End of Life discussions border on being downright taboo. But if we can find the humor and humanity in it, perhaps we ease the pain enough to get us through the soul-crushing times. After all, what choice do we have? None of us are getting out of here alive.

A Cast of Caregivers

Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care

Author: Sherri Snelling

Publisher: BalboaPress

ISBN: 1452559147

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 550

View: 3376

What caregiving role will you play? How will you avoid the caregiving cost drain? Are you prepared for the end? How will you overcome stress, burn-out, depression, guilt? How will you find happiness and support? How do you start the caregiving conversation with a loved one? Are you caring for yourself while caregiving? More than 65 million Americans are caring for a loved one yet most don’t know what they are facing or where to get help. Caregiving expert Sherri Snelling shines a spotlight on the world of caregiving and interviews celebrities who have taken the caregiving journey and shared their lessons learned. This how-to guide also covers caregiving topics A to Z, self-care advice and more. Inside you will find numerous expert interviews and tips on how to have the C-A-R-E Conversation℠ and how to find your Me Time Monday℠. Written to inspire and empower you, this is your screenplay for health and happiness while caregiving. As Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Welcome to the Cast of Caregivers.


Heartbreaking stories from the care home kids who survived Britain's broken system

Author: Chris Wild

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1911600656

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

View: 1939

'We were just sacks of flesh existing as punch bags for their rage or toys for their entertainment.' Chris Wild lost his dad when he was 11 and was sent to live, grow and be nurtured in the care system. There, he witnessed the incessant physical and sexual abuse of vulnerable children, and found the only route of escape led to a new home on the streets. He found so many others just like him, failed by the systems put in place to protect vulnerable children, leaving them with nothing but drink, drugs, prostitution and crime to become their normality. After moving away from Halifax to pursue his dreams, he still couldn't escape from the voices in his head - those of the victims he had met and couldn't forget. Chris began working in a care home himself to change the narrative for today's children, but what he saw there shocked him. Abuse was still rife, children were still being failed, and the vulnerable still had no chances in life. This is a heartbreaking memoir that relays Chris' memories of the care system with the stories of all the boys, girls, men and women he met along the way - all who shared his desperation for survival. Damaged exposes why we must take action now to protect all of Britain's most vulnerable children.

Taking Turns

Stories from HIV/AIDS Care

Author: MK Czerwiec

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271079657

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 224

View: 2156

In 1994, at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, MK Czerwiec took her first nursing job, at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, as part of the caregiving staff of HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371. Taking Turns pulls back the curtain on life in the ward. A shining example of excellence in the treatment and care of patients, Unit 371 was a community for thousands of patients and families affected by HIV and AIDS and the people who cared for them. This graphic novel combines Czerwiec’s memories with the oral histories of patients, family members, and staff. It depicts life and death in the ward, the ways the unit affected and informed those who passed through it, and how many look back on their time there today. Czerwiec joined Unit 371 at a pivotal time in the history of AIDS: deaths from the syndrome in the Midwest peaked in 1995 and then dropped drastically in the following years, with the release of antiretroviral protease inhibitors. This positive turn of events led to a decline in patient populations and, ultimately, to the closure of Unit 371. Czerwiec’s restrained, inviting drawing style and carefully considered narrative examine individual, institutional, and community responses to the AIDS epidemic—as well as the role that art can play in the grieving process. Deeply personal yet made up of many voices, this history of daily life in a unique AIDS care unit is an open, honest look at suffering, grief, and hope among a community of medical professionals and patients at the heart of the epidemic.

Pastoral Care

Telling the Stories of Our Lives

Author: Karen D. Scheib

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426766483

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 3374

Christian pastoral care is a narrative, ecclesial, theological practice (NET). As a narrative practice, pastoral care attends to the inseparable interconnection between our own lifestories, others’ stories, the larger cultural stories, and God’s story. As a ministry of the church, pastoral care is an ecclesial practice that derives its motivation, purpose, and identity from the larger mission of the church to bear witness to and embody God’s mission of love that extends beyond the church for the transformation of the world. As a theological practice, pastoral care is grounded in God’s love story. God’s profound love for humankind heals our brokenness when human love fails and invites us into an ongoing process of growth in love of God, self, and neighbor. Intended for those who provide care with and on behalf of religious communities, author Karen Scheib focuses on listening and “restorying” practices occurring in the context and setting of congregations. By coauthoring narratives that promote healing and growth in love, pastoral caregivers become cocreators and companions who help others revise and construct life-stories reshaped by the grace of God. What Karen Scheib has done in this book is to reposition pastoral care as a theological activity performed in the context of the church. She draws deeply upon her Wesleyan theological heritage, upon an understanding of life in its fullness as growth in love and grace, and upon a “communion ecclesiology” undergirded by a communal understanding of the Trinitarian life of God. Thus grounded, she envisions pastoral care first as a rhythm of the life of the whole church and secondarily as a work of trained pastors. In her vision, pastoral care is rescued from a narrow understanding of it as exceptional acts of intervention performed only in moments of dire crisis. Instead, it becomes a “daily practice of pastoral care,” an attending, in love, to the stories of others and a “listening for ways God is already present in a life story.” Solidly theological, grounded in the life of the church, and eminently teachable – Karen Scheib has given us a great gift in this book.” from the Foreword -Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Emeritus, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. "In a wonderfully engaging, reflective, and useful way, Karen Scheib captures something absolutely essential to pastoral care and yet often overlooked—the utter centrality of storytelling/listening, the power of stories to heal, and their vital connection to bigger stories told within religious communities. This book is a real milestone, reclaiming the importance of “narrative knowing” and grounding care not only in community but also within a comprehensive theological framework." --Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture, The Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, TN “Implementing narrative personality and therapy theories and anchored in ecclesiology and Wesleyan theology (NET), Karen Scheib’s book advances a long awaited and holistic approach to pastoral care. Her NET approach presents the embodiment of pastoral care by emphasizing both narrative and paradigmatic knowing, proposes the subjectivity of our stories in pastoral care by pointing out the interchangeability between us and our stories as subject and object, and underscores the dynamic process of pastoral care through the interconnection of the storyteller, listener, and context. Scheib’s image of story companion contributes to the field as a new paradigm of pastoral care and promises to be a significant resource in generating hope and growth in love for both pastoral caregiver and receiver.” —Angella Son, Associate Professor, Drew University, Madison, NJ "Pastoral theologian Scheib describes a narrative, ecclesial, and theological approach for listening to people’s life stories in such a way as to engender spiritual formation and growth in love. Scheib clarifies the connections between caring conversations and Christian theology. Clear and accessible prose as well as helpful exercises and discussion starters make this a fine teaching text." -The Christian Century, Sept. 29, 2016.

Patients and Doctors

Life-changing Stories from Primary Care

Author: Jeffrey M. Borkan,Shmuel Reis,Dov Steinmetz,Jack H. Medalie

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299163402

Category: Medical

Page: 221

View: 6263

How patients heal doctors In Patients and Doctors, physicians from around the world share stories of the patients they'll never forget, patients who have changed the way they practice medicine. Their thoughtful reflections on a variety of themes--from suffering to humor to death--help us to understand the experience of doctoring, in all its ordinary and extraordinary aspects. In settings as diverse as Slovenia and Sweden, Cambodia and New Jersey, we learn what makes the healer feel graced with insight or scarred with misadventure. In Washington State, we anguish with patient and doctor alike when a young resident removes a screw from a little boy's foot; on the Israeli-Jordanian border, a woman goes into labor just as the air-raid sirens signal the beginning of the Gulf War. These compelling accounts remind us what is at stake in doctoring, reinforcing the value of stories in the teaching and practice of medicine: to calm, to validate, and to illuminate the human experience. "These stories illustrate humane physicians at their best."--Sharon Kaufman, author of The Healer's Tale

Daily Miracles

Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Healthcare

Author: Alan Briskin,Jan Boller

Publisher: Nursing Knowledge International

ISBN: 9781930538443

Category: Medical

Page: 64

View: 5582

How do caring and compassion show up in the demanding, often chaotic experience of health care practice? This book, in full-color and supported by magnificent photography, seeks to answer that question and put caring and compassion back at the center of excellent health care in spite of the time-pressured, cost-conscious, high-tech focus of modern health care. Authors Alan Briskin and Jan Boller met with 20 registered nurses for a sustained dialogue at a California community hospital to work toward an answer to this very question. Telling stories and discussing key principles of caring, the group engaged in conversations that revealed the inner landscape of both caring and caretaker. Using principles of appreciative inquiry, reflective practice, generative dialogue, and the power of speaking in circle, the work was an affirmation that when people are ill, they need a team to care for them. Likewise, caregivers need to be part of a group that cares together. Illustrated with original photography by one of the authors, the book has a beauty and spaciousness that is reflective of the book's message and perfect for anyone who wishes to experience relationship-centered care as a lived experience.

Stories from the Shadows

Reflections of a Street Doctor

Author: James J. O'Connell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692412343

Category: Homeless persons

Page: 192

View: 5203

Dr. O'Connell's collection of stories and essays, written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston, gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets.

Orphans of the Living

Stories of Americas Children in Foster Care

Author: Jennifer Toth

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 068484480X

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 8276

A study of the foster care system in America examines the plight of thousands of children whose parents cannot or will not care for them, revealing the neglect, abuse, and loss of love that affects their lives

Collaborative Caring

Stories and Reflections on Teamwork in Health Care

Author: Suzanne Gordon,David L. Feldman,Michael Leonard

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 080145462X

Category: Medical

Page: 264

View: 2471

Teamwork is essential to improving the quality of patient care and reducing medical errors and injuries. But how does teamwork really function? And what are the barriers that sometimes prevent smart, well-intentioned people from building and sustaining effective teams? Collaborative Caring takes an unusual approach to the topic of teamwork. Editors Suzanne Gordon, Dr. David L. Feldman, and Dr. Michael Leonard have gathered fifty engaging first-person narratives provided by people from various health care professions. Each story vividly portrays a different dimension of teamwork, capturing the complexity—and sometimes messiness—of moving from theory to practice when it comes to creating genuine teams in health care. The stories help us understand what it means to be a team leader and an assertive team member. They vividly depict how patients are left out of or included on the team and what it means to bring teamwork training into a particular workplace. Exploring issues like psychological safety, patient advocacy, barriers to teamwork, and the kinds of institutional and organizational efforts that remove such barriers, the health care professionals who speak in this book ultimately have one consistent message: teamwork makes patient care safer and health care careers more satisfying. These stories are an invaluable tool for those moving toward genuine interprofessional and intraprofessional teamwork.

Stories Care Forgot

An Anthology of New Orleans Zines

Author: Ethan Clark

Publisher: Last Gasp

ISBN: 9780867196610

Category: History

Page: 149

View: 583

An anthology of zines from and about New Orleans. For years the punk and zine community has thrived, producing beautifully rendered volumes of stories and artwork. Reprinted here in their original format are selections from over a dozen zines including: Chainbreaker, Nosedive, Crude Noise, Rocket Queen, Emergency, I Hate this Part of Texas and Chihuaha and Pitbull. Many of the originals have been lost or destroyed and, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, this book serves not only as a preservation of writing and artwork, but also as an attempt to aid rebuilding its city of origin.

Remembering Home

Rediscovering the Self in Dementia

Author: Habib Chaudhury

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801888271

Category: Medical

Page: 127

View: 5025

"This volume advances the goals of affirming the dignity of and reinforcing personhood in adults with debilitating memory loss. Environmental gerontologist Habib Chaudhury draws on research and fieldwork--along with the stories and actions of persons with dementia and their loved ones--to discuss dementia and the concept of self."--Back cover.

Reimagining Equality

Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home

Author: Anita Hill

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807014370

Category: Political Science

Page: 195

View: 6886

Looks at the housing crisis in the United States and provides details on the lives of several African American women and their journeys to find a home.

The Call of Nursing

Stories from the Front Lines of Health Care

Author: William B. Patrick

Publisher: Hudson Whitman/ ECP

ISBN: 1626524130

Category: Medical

Page: 234

View: 7450

The Call of Nursing is not a typical book about nurses. It takes us behind the curtain of silence that often hangs between us – the patients who rely on the health care system – and the women and men who form the backbone of that system, and who are entrusted with our intimate care. It lets us hear why nurses today do what they do, and it allows those nurses to show us, in their own words, what has mattered most to them in their professional careers. The twenty-three intimate self-portraits in The Call of Nursing help us see more clearly the kinds of challenges nurses face and accept on a routine basis, and offer a rare glimpse into lives of women and men committed to care and service. Foreword Magazine 2013 Book of the Year Finalist (Education).

What's Right in Health Care

365 Stories of Purpose, Worthwhile Work, and Making a Difference

Author: Studer Group

Publisher: Fire Starter Pub

ISBN: 9780974998640

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 734

View: 7392

365 stories submitted by health care professionals across the USA. Each contribution is an example of the lasting impact that purposeful, compassionate health care delivery can have on the ailing and their families. Working in a field that is as demanding as it is necessary, these devoted men and women answered their calling to do worthwhile work and make a difference. Compiled by the Studer Group, a health care consulting firm whose mission is to make health care institutions better places for employees to work, physicians to practice medicine, and patients to receive care, "What's Right in Health Care" acknowledges the outstanding work done by health care workers who daily roll up their sleeves and provide hope, comfort, and top-notch service to their patients.

Birth Work as Care Work

Stories from Activist Birth Communities

Author: Alana Apfel,Silvia Federici,Victoria Law

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1629632619

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 152

View: 749

Birth Work as Care Work presents a vibrant collection of stories and insights from the front lines of birth activist communities. The personal has once more becomes political, and birth workers, supporters, and doulas now find themselves at the fore of collective struggles for freedom and dignity. Articulating a politics of care work in and through the reproductive process, the book brings diverse voices into conversation to explore multiple possibilities and avenues for change. At a moment when agency over our childbirth experiences is increasingly centralized in the hands of professional elites, Birth Work as Care Work presents creative new ways to reimagine the trajectory of our reproductive processes. Most importantly, the contributors present new ways of thinking about the entire life cycle, providing a unique and creative entry point into the essence of all human struggle—the struggle over the reproduction of life itself.