RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMBalancing the power and options of modern medical treatment with quality of life is becoming increasingly challenging. Anyone who has faced or contemplated this challenge will find Atul Gawande’s latest book, Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End, compelling and thought-provoking. As a surgeon and best-selling author, Gawande is uniquely qualified to tell the story of how medical science can and must do a better job of providing the best possible quality of life right up to the end.

Dr. Gawande begins with an overview of the history and current state of senior living, in home care, non medical home care, and elder care. For those of us nostalgic for the days when multiple generations lived in the same home and elders were cared for by family members, he explains that this is no longer the norm because old age itself has changed. Few people survived into old age in the past, and the rare few that did were the respected keepers of knowledge and wisdom. Now we have growing numbers of older adults, and technology has provided almost instant-access to information.

Originally, nursing homes as well as senior home care were developed to clear out hospitals, the original caretakers of dependent elderly, when hospitals could no longer handle the increasing numbers of dependent older adults. Hence the name in home care. He then goes on to describe the first “living center with assistance” which provided respectful, client-centered care and assisted living and compares it with the current reality of life for most people in nursing homes. READ MORE. A nursing home can be legally responsible for personal injury or medical malpractice when an act of negligence, neglect, or abuse on the premises ends up causing harm to a patient or resident. For nursing home lawsuit cases, make sure that you’re getting legal help from an experienced lawyer to get the best possible settlement.

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