Proponents of transforming elder care focus on the words we use, and often suggest new language choices for much of our terminology.
The whole thing started with a battered cardboard box. It was the mid 1990’s and my wife, Jude Meyers Thomas, and I had stumbled on to something that seemed very much like magic.
My sister Hannah O’Hara Thomas passed away today. She lived 17-and-a-half years longer than anyone predicted. While it is so painful, tragic, and downright unfair that she left us after only 18 years, I believe that in that time she lived more fully and gave more than most people could in a 100 years.
For all of her 18 years, Hannah O’Hara Thomas has mentored us all in the truth that each of us has a special gift to offer the world, no matter who we are or what life sends our way. More at www.edenalt.org.
Dr. Bill has been busy making waves lately with his abolitionist point of view on nursing homes.
The second half of my working life stretches out in front of me and I no longer feel the need to censor my words and my deeds. I am a nursing home abolitionist and, going forward, I intend to act like one.
Every day, the employees of St. Antonine’s Old Age Home in KwaZulu Nata, South Africa, hand wash laundry for 60 Elders because they have no washer and dryer.
The past several years have led me farther and farther away from the pulse of activity relating to culture change in LTC. Although there is a part of me that misses being deeply involved, watching from the sidelines has given me a unique perspective on what is happening in the movement.