Home Away From Home by Shirley McLain.
A Guide For Understanding The Survey Process and Long Term Care.
Sometimes we all have to face the inevitable and make tough choices. Dealing with the aging of your parents is one of them. Finding your loved ones the right home is a delicate matter, and it can be a stressful time as it is easy to get lost in the mounds of information. That’s why you need this book. It was written by an insider who worked in all the levels of the system and she wants to share all she knows about the system with you.
The goal is to take some burden off your shoulders so you can give your attention to the people who need you. In some cases, time is of the essence, and you want to enjoy the time you have with your loved home. This book will equip you with the best tool to pick the most favorable option.
Apart from valuable tips, this book shows how families of potential residents can influence the system and why the survey system works and doesn’t. It’s a reminder relatives have a voice, and they should use it.
Every situation is different. While some elders may require assistance with daily living, others prefer living in a senior community. This book focus’s on Long Term Care.
5 Stars: Every Consumer Must Have This Information On Long Term Care!
Author Shirley McLain is a retired RN with an extensive background in Geriatrics and Long-Term Care. She offers this book ‘Home Away From Home’ as a ‘A Guide For Understanding The Survey Process and Long Term Care’.
Long Term Care is something we all will face if we live long enough, if not for ourselves, for someone we love. This compressive short read will educate you and save you time and emotional energy.
Six short chapters cover:
…..The Beginning Process-Types of Facilities: Shirley McLain lists seven choices that are readily available.
…..The Facility of Choice: Shirley McLain recommends before you decide on a facility, ask to see their last CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) survey results. Shirley goes into the survey in great detail and step by step. I found this very interesting and educational.
Once you read and digest this entire survey, you will understand the high standards spelled out for these facilities along, accountable, and the ‘Key Elements of Noncompliance’. Each facility gets rated and it is up to the consumer to know this information. The Key: As a consumer, you must do your homework and ask for the facility latest survey evaluation results.
After reading this information, I am dumfounded as to how so many elderly people died during the Covid 19 epidemic. If all the standards spelled out in this book is complied with, my only conclusion is underlying health and comorbidities. Even so our death in long term care was too high, according to these standards. That is discussion for another day, which I hope Author Shirley McLain writes about in the future.
In chapter five, Shirley goes into some important recommendations and end the books with a chapter on ‘Resources’.
I recommend this book “Home Away From Home’ for anyone who is aging, in need of a long tern facility or has a friend or loved one going into or already in a long-term facility. I invite you to check out all Shirley McLain’s books.
Editorial Review (Book Marketing Global Network).
Print Length: 65 Pages
Publisher: Shirley’s Books (July 24, 2021)
Self-Help (Understanding The Survey Process and Long Term Care)
About The Author: Shirley McLain is a retired RN, wife, mother, and grandmother of six and Great Grandmother to four, three boys and one girl.
She is currently living in Sapulpa, Oklahoma where she is enjoying her retirement to the fullest. She was born in California but lived her growing years in Oklahoma. She has done extensive travel within the United States and learned to appreciate each state for its own beauty. Her dream trip is to see Spain and Italy at a slow pace.
Shirley has published a young adult mystery called “Crimes and Retribution”, a book of short stories called, “Shirley’s Short’s and Flashes and a Christian poetry book called, Verses For My King.”” Dobyns Chronicle s is a historical fiction in” which you follow a family through troubling times. She has published (should be on the market the end of January 2020) her educational fiction about Bullying. It is for ages 10 to Adult to help them deal with bullying in school.
Shirley’s love of travel, adventure and writing have created works that will hold your attention, and leave you wanting more.
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