What Do I Do? How to Care For, Comfort, and Commune With Your Nursing Home Elder. Karr K, Karr J. New York, The Haworth Press, Ine, 1985, 130 pages, $14. 95, hardcover.
WHAT DO I DO? is a refreshingly positive book on how to work with and retate lo a family member or significant other living in a nursing home. The authors look at four major areas. These areas are how to care for, comfort, and commune at the physical level, emotional level, mental level, and spiritual level.
The authors begin each section by discussing why the particular level of need is important, and by giving some general suggestions on how family members may assist in providing care to their elder. The authors then raise what they believe are the "concerns" of most families with regard to the care of their elder. This is followed by concrete suggestions for appropriate care. The authors view both nursing home staff and family as responsible for good care, thus their recommendations relate to how family members might be involved with the institution in sharing in that care.