Alone and Invisible No More: How Grassroots Community Action and 21st Century Technologies Can Empower Elders to Stay in Their Homes and Lead Healthier, Happier Lives

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Jul 13, 2011 - Medical - 216 pages
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In Alone and Invisible No More, physician Allan S. Teel, MD, describes how to overhaul our eldercare system. Based on his own efforts to create humane, affordable alternatives in Maine, Teel's program harnesses both staff and volunteers to help people remain in their homes and communities. It offers assistance with everyday challenges, uses technology to keep older people connected to each other and their families, and stay safe. This approach works.

 

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HELP IS NEEDED WHEN MAMA NEEDS TO LIVE WITH SON

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MY DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND HAVE HIS MOTHER NEEDING CONSTANT CARE SINCE HERBACK SURGERY. I REALIZED WHAT A STRAIN THIS WAS PUTTING ON THEM BOTH AND SO USED THIS CHRISTMAS TIME TO FIND WHAT HELP WAS ... Read full review

Contents

Gram Teel
1
The Gray Tsunami
6
A Brief History of Residential Care in America
12
The Lincoln Home
18
Coves Edge
23
Forgive Me Elsie
30
A Better Way We Thought
36
Government Regulation beyond Reason
44
Connecting Elders to Each Other and to Caregivers through Technology
96
The Maine Approach in Action
108
Early Successes and Tough Lessons
120
The Dignity of Risk
138
Are We There Yet? Not by a Mile
152
The Next Generation
164
Rolling It Out Nationally Reaping Additional Rewards
172
Closing Thoughts
185

The State of Maine vs Common Sense
50
The Roots of the Maine Approach
60
The Pilot Project
71
The Maine Approach Menu
80
The Full Circle America Approach
191
Notes
197
About the Author
199
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About the author (2011)

Allan S. Teel, M.D. is a family physician in Damariscotta, Maine. During his twenty-five-year medical career, he has worked with thousands of older patients in the hospital, at nursing homes, in assisted living homes, and in their own homes. Each one has left a lasting impression. Dr. Teel's passion and commitment have driven him to speak out forcefully on the crisis facing our communities and our country. He puts human faces on our elders who are too often alone and invisible.

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