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Uneasy Endings
Author: Renee Rose Shield

ISBN: 9780801494901
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 17 October 1988
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
Description:
"If we continue, we grow old, and this is how it could be for us," writes Renee Rose Shield in her candid and sympathetic account of life in one American nursing home. Drawing on anthropological methods and theory to illuminate institutional life, she probes the sources of the profound sense of unease she found at the place she calls "The Franklin Nursing Home." For fourteen months Shield participated in life at a nursing home in the northeastern United States. She got to know many of the people associated with the home-doctors, nurses, custodians, kitchen workers, administrators, social workers, visiting relatives, and above all, the residents, who emerge in this book as the individuals they are. Sections in which the residents speak poignantly in their own voices are woven throughout her richly detailed observations of everyday routines and events. We see them using guile and humor to get by, struggling to approach the end of their lives with a measure of autonomy and dignity, and we meet an often conscientious and caring staff constrained by conflicting professional perspectives and by the bureaucratic structure in which they work. There are no villa...

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