Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Guest Editorial 

Dying in Nursing Homes

Christine R. Kovach, PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

EXCERPT

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.

Abstract

EXCERPT

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.

Authors

Christine R. Kovach, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

10.3928/00989134-20070401-01

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