The Nursing Home Dilemma: How to Make One of Love's Toughest Decisions by Doug Manning (Harper & Row: $12.95).
For a variety of reasons--some entirely erroneous--the modern convalescent or nursing home is viewed with the same horror as the Victorian Era poorhouse. People often stoutly maintain that "I'll never send my parents there."
Such was the case with Doug Manning, a pastor and counselor, who confesses that he was forced "to eat crow" when he and his wife placed his mother-in-law in an institution.
"Our world," he explains, "failed to match her world and her needs."
Though we've moved a long way from "squalid charity facilities," still, nursing homes often lack privacy, suffer from odors of incontinence, can be very noisy and frequently serve less than appetizing meals.