Nursing Home Organization and Operation by Dulcy B. Miller and Jane T. Barry. Boston, CBI Publishing Co., 1979. $17.95.
This is a very well organized and well written book of study for those people entering the professions dealing with long-term care, or those people presently in such professions. The appeal and need for a book of this nature is great.
The authors deal step-by-step with the needs of each facet of operation, giving factual information and pointing out pros and cons, yet not "pushing" only one way, or one point of view. The writing style is easy to read, which makes the book much more valuable. I believe that many people in subordinate positions could use this book to help them understand why employers choose to do things in certain ways.
In reviewing this book I could not think of an area that was not covered. While this book deals with all aspects of long-term care it is reaching for the ideal, and often the resources mentioned might be available in the populated larger cities but not in many rural areas. Nursing Home Organization and Operation can give such rural nursing homes insight on how they might expand and improve their facilities to utilize a more professional staff.
The illustrations and exhibits are excellent additions. They help clarify the authors' aims and will be useful guidelines to study and to adapt to the needs of individual facilities. This book should be of great value and importance to those teaching about long-term care. The authors stress the importance of meeting the consumers' needs, which is where the emphasis should be placed. In reality all too often the emphasis is on the facilities tinning a profit for the owners.
Nursing Home Organization and Operation should be very valuable to gerontological nursing. This book covers obvious areas as well as the many obscure needs of longterm care. Categorization of all this information in one text for easy study and reference should enable an administrator to conduct a smoother-running long-term care facility. I believe this book will be an excellent teaching tool, reference book, and stimulus for health care professionals in long-term care.