What Do I Do?

How to Care for, Comfort, and Commune With Your Nursing Home Elder, Revised and Illustrated Edition

By Katherine Karr, Jess Karr

© 1985 – Routledge

142 pages

Purchasing Options:
Hardback: 9780866563987
pub: 1985-01-01

About the Book

Help families of institutionalized elders with this compassionate and practical manual.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

  • How to Care for, Comfort, and Commune at the Physical Level
  • Checkpoint: Clothing Needs and Clothing Care
  • Checkpoint: Skin Care
  • Checkpoint: Other Physical Considerations
  • Checkpoint: Teeth and Denture Care
  • Checkpoint: Eye Care
  • Checkpoint: Ear Care
  • Checkpoint: Hair Grooming and Cosmetology Needs
  • Checkpoint: Nails-Manicuring and Pedicuring
  • Checkpoint: Bedsores
  • Checkpoint: Monitoring Medications
  • Checkpoint: Dietary Awareness
  • Checkpoint: Special Feeding Considerations
  • Checkpoint: Restorative Therapy
  • How to Care for, Comfort, and Commune at the Emotional Level
  • Checkpoint: Understanding Feelings and Developing Empathy Skills
  • Checkpoint: Using Touch to Communicate Care
  • Checkpoint: Overcoming Discounting Behaviors
  • Checkpoint: Patronizing Behaviors
  • Checkpoint: The Role of Music in Caring
  • Checkpoint: Special Seasonal Considerations
  • How to Care for, Comfort, and Commune at the Mental Level
  • Checkpoint: Differentiating Between “Diversionary
  • Activities” and Those Which Encourage Wholistic
  • Creative Growth
  • Checkpoint: Personalizing Activities
  • Checkpoint: Reality Orientation
  • Checkpoint: Remotivational Therapy
  • Checkpoint: Resident Councils
  • Checkpoint: Family & Friends Councils
  • How to Care for, Comfort, and Commune at the Spiritual Level
  • Checkpoint: Special Times for Spiritual Life
  • Checkpoint: Visits From Church Members, Ministers.
  • Priests?
  • Checkpoint: Preparing for Death
  • Reference Notes Included

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Terminal Care
MEDICAL / Nursing / General
MEDICAL / Nursing / Gerontology
MEDICAL / Nursing Home Care
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gerontology