Almost forty percent of American adults age sixty-five and over
spend some time in a nursing home, and residents in nursing homes
will be increasingly diverse racially and ethnically because of
changing demographics. The decision to place a family member in a
nursing home is often extremely difficult, especially when the
family belongs to a group with a strong tradition of filial
responsibility. Despite these realities, little has been written
about the stresses families of diverse cultural backgrounds
experience in making this challenging decision.
This book describes the experiences of seventy-five African
American and Afro-Caribbean, white Jewish, and Latina/o residents
and their relatives and friends who have been their caregivers.
Integrating original qualitative research with quantitative data
and theoretical perspectives and findings from other studies,
Patricia Kolb not only presents new perspectives on how caregiving
varies across racial and ethnic backgrounds but also dispels
numerous stereotypes about nursing home placement among diverse
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