Title: Perspectives on Care at Home for Older People
Editors: Christine Ceci, Kristin Bjornsdottir, Mary Ellen Purkis
Reviewer: Greta McGough, Freelance writer, retired university lecturer
What was it like?
This scholarly book is a collection of essays by various excellent authors, dealing with different aspects of care at home for elderly people. Because it is still the preference of many elderly people to stay at home as long as they can, this topic is an increasing issue for professionals.
What were the highlights?
The variety of approaches in these essays makes it difficult to highlight any one section. But overall, the tone of the book – which combines high standard academic work with very clear writing is certainly a key feature.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Many of us who might pick up this book as professionals also have elderly parents for who these issues are becoming increasingly important. However, this is not a book for the lay person. Its format is very much aimed at professionals, and although it reads well and contains a great deal of food for thought, the paragraphs are dense and the typescript does not invite easy reading.
These are drawbacks in format, however, rather than content. Readers should persevere, however. The content is very well worth the effort, and if you are a student (at any level) who wishes to look in more depth at this topic, I doubt that there is a better book anywhere. The references and indices are excellent.
Who should read it?
The target readership for this book is qualified health professionals, who are already concerned with the issues that are discussed. This does not mean however that undergraduate nursing students would not benefit from it, too. There is much here that could add depth to discussion in any student assignment, and indeed would help to form and develop us as professionals, by stimulating thought and discussion.
What the future holds for the ageing population (in terms of care and care facilities) is uncertain. What is certain is that one day this issue will affect all of us, and all of our nearest and dearest. We need to address this discussion now, so that we can fight any cuts that will decrease quality of care in the future, and so that we can offer our weight to the promotion of care which offers a sense of quality to the elderly.