7 ways to stay out of a nursing home

7 ways to minimize the possibility of spending the last year of your life in a nursing home

  1. Universal Design, much more to say about that and I will soon!
  2. Money—lots and lots of money
  3. Connection with family, friends, and community
  4. Sense of contribution, participation, and meaning
  5. A Village, specifically http://www.vtvnetwork.org
  6. Super thighs: quads of steel—those are what will get you up off the floor
  7. End of life documentation clearly written, often updated, and distributed to medical providers, family and friends

Published by jeannettefranks

Jeannette Franks, PhD, is a passionate gerontologist and for over 20 years has taught ethics, grief and loss, and courses on geriatrics and gerontology for the University of Washington. Franks' most recent book is, To Move or To Stay Put: A Guide for Your Last Decades. Look for it now on the University Bookstore website http://www.bookstore.washington.edu/home/home.taf? It is also available at Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge. Franks previously published a definitive guide to independent and assisted living titled Washington Retirement Options, and often speaks on retirement options, disability issues, end-of-life issues and is an advocate for accessibility. She has a goal of making Bainbridge an elder-friendly community and is available to groups and families to discuss these issues. She served for nine years on the Kitsap County Advisory Council on Aging and Long-term Care. She also has the privilege of working in a small way for the past 15 years with the Suquamish tribal elders.

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