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photo Not My Home
By Suzanne Babin, Tynette Deveaux & Bert Deveaux

In this compelling video, we spend five weeks with the residents and staff of a nursing home, to confront the realities of life inside a long-term care facility. In candid interviews, nurses and aides discuss the demands of caring for residents in the face of tight schedules and minimal staffing. Yet they also reveal a deep and empathetic understanding of patients' perspectives. Residents discuss how the depersonalization of institutional living makes dealing with the basic problems of aging more trying, while their family members reveal the guilt they feel at not being able to provide the care their relative needs. Not My Home paints a vivid picture of the complex needs of this population, and will be a valuable tool for anyone working with older adults.

45 minutes
© 1994
Purchase $199 VHS
Order No. QA-145
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-145-1

"A must-see for anyone wanting to learn more about the elderly and nursing homes." Journal of Nursing Staff Development

Awards & Conference Screenings
Bronze Apple, National Educational Media Network
American Society on Aging Conference
Bronze, Columbus International Film Festival

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More Than Skin Deep: A film about aging, self-esteem, and hairdressing. Through the insights of six nursing home residents, it takes an evocative look at the connections between aging with dignity and looking good

Something Should be Done About Grandma Ruthie: A moving and unsettling portrait of the filmmaker's family as they struggle to deal with her grandmother's deteriorating mental condition due to Alzheimer's.


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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website