Suffering is everywhere, and when one has passed through the cauldron, a sincere hand and heart survive in the mind as the warmest of memories. Be interested in people, their lives and their families. It is vital that you not feel like a total patient. Hell, we’re all patients in this universe we share now.
~Older Adult Patient, Gene Higgins
Nursing homes are, among other things, a dramatic reminder that cultural attitudes have consequences. It is there that our society’s fear and denial of aging and death play themselves out in end-of-life care of residents. This editorial will examine some of the problems in end-of-life nursing home care and the need for concrete improvements.