The film takes you inside the revolutionary transformation of a nursing home. A character-driven, true-life drama, Almost Home engages viewers while eliciting important issues such as: coping with disability and dementia; adapting to how aging changes relationships; negotiating caregiving responsibilities; preparing for the end of life; the economics of nursing home care; the difficulty of surviving on nursing assistant wages; and the challenge of changing nursing homes.
Establish the needs of your community -- Creating an agenda -- Establishing a mentor training program -- Defining the culture of your community -- Conducting the orientation program -- Skills testing for new and existing staff -- The first days on the neighborhood -- Building successful relationships -- Showing you care -- Evaluations -- Barriers to success -- Person-centered care : the heart of the matter.
"A parable about a thriving community guided by elders on the fictional island of Kallimos provides the vision behind the author's real-life efforts in the Eden Alternative and Green House programs to replace medical-model nursing homes with healing communities". - Red Deer College
"The parable in this book was previously published with minor differences as a hardcover book titled Learning from Hannah. Portions of the back matter appeared in What Are Old People For?"--T.p. verso.