In today’s fast-moving world, providing a comfortable, nurturing environment and continuously caring for loved ones from the aging baby boomer generation can be a bit of a challenge. Famously known for their strong sense of independence and passion for competitiveness—qualities cultivated through the outbreak of social rights movements and the birth of revolutionary rock and roll during their heyday—baby boomers may now struggle to come to terms with the reality of their retirement and the life-changing adjustments they may have to make. Understandably, the permanence of hanging up one’s gloves and the finality of settling into a nursing home can be quite unnerving, if not downright terrifying for individuals used to an independent and goal-oriented outlook.
Penned by Dr. Kojo Pobee, whose wealth of experience includes years working in geriatrics and senior care, Cut Through The Noise takes a truly positive and highly informative approach to the reality of nursing homes and the people involved. Through this book, Dr. Pobee breaks down the complexities of senior care into more manageable facts and tackles every possible apprehension one may have about making the transition from a fast-paced adult life to the quieter space of nursing homes.
If you have been considering placing a senior family member into a nursing home, you would understandably be as uneasy of the idea as your loved one. The wide variety of contradictory information about long-term health care out there can be just as perplexing as the several requirements you believe to be essential in choosing the best possible facility. Cut Through The Noise serves as a top-notch guide for you and your family to break through this unfamiliar territory. It will comfort you through the intimidating decisions needed to be made. It will educate you on your loved one’s needs, rights and privileges and the facilities’ accountability and responsibilities. All the complexities you may face–from methods of payment, to facility locations, to nursing home environments and the challenge of adaptability—will be answered, with the aim to instill in you and your family a sense of confidence through this challenging process.
With Dr. Pobee’s knowledge of long-term health care reflected in this brilliant book, Cut Through The Noise is an essential handbook for anyone who seeks a better and deeper understanding of the intricacies of the nursing home industry and facility-based senior care.
PRAISE for CUT THROUGH THE NOISE
Peggy L. FogleMS, RN, CHES, QMHP
Finally, a comprehensive, insightful book on how to evaluate and maneuver through the maze of long-term and skilled-care options. Dr. Kojo Pobee takes you inside the world where he lives every day. Th e consummate communicator and educator, his skill and knowledge are unmatched in providing highly skilled medical assessment and ensuring patients' needs are met every day. It is this dedication to long-term care that he has incorporated into this book. As an experienced director of nursing and a published author, I fi nd his writing style concise and easy to read and understand. He addresses multiple aspects of long-term care and encourages readers to determine what is important for their loved one, thus making decisions easier. Cut through the Noise is a must-read for all who seek detailed, professional guidance in locating the best facility for any family member.
Thank goodness for Cut through the Noise. Families take heed. Th is is inside stuff from an insider. I have been a social worker in a long-term-care facility for thirteen years. Caring for the elderly is both challenging and rewarding. Th e ever-changing Medicare and Medicaid systems often create obstacles in providing quality care to our residents. However, with a dedicated, stable team, a facility can grow and thrive and ultimately achieve the goal of delivering quality and compassionate care to our elderly.
Jeffery MerryRN - Director of Nursing
The current situation in our health-care system, including long-term care, should not be a surprise to anyone. We have known for years these days would come, and yet we are ill-prepared for the challenge. As a health-care provider and an RN for seventeen years, I can say the insights in this book will help families understand their responsibilities to our seniors as far as concerns ensuring the quality of nursing-home care continues despite the difficult financial times. Cut through the Noise is a must-read.
Kevin NiccumLicensed Nursing-Facility Administrator, Executive Director and CEO
The complexities of long-term care are ever changing. Last year's rules are not the same ones we play by this year. It takes someone who has daily involvement in long-term health care to stay abreast of these changes. So many different regulators and government offices play a role in defining the path of care that they are often at odds with each other. The basic tenant of good long-term care remains unchanged—that is, to give top quality care, the caregiver must love the receiver. But how is it paid for? How do you decide the best location for your loved one? What expectations should you have? I applaud Dr. Pobee's pursuit of these questions and more. He expertly holds your hand through the dynamic process of obtaining the best in long-term care.
Douglas a. LinzieLicensed Nursing-Facility Administrator
In my twenty-fi ve-plus years as an administrator, I have held licenses in Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, New Mexico, and currently in Texas. I have experienced a great number of changes to the long-term-care fi eld, both in its delivery and in the funding mechanisms. Th e demands and expectations from all components continue to be challenging, yet essential. Th e key leadership teams must continue to fi nd ways to work through the myriad of challenges that lie before us, requiring perseverance, teamwork, and adaptability. Th ose of us who work "in the trenches" know the confusion and misinformation so many families face. In writing Cut through the Noise, I commend Dr. Pobee for taking families by the hand to assist them through the long-term-care journey.
Nursing homes will play a vital role in health care as baby boomers live longer and push the boundaries of the average life expectancy. It will be helpful to educate patients and their family members on what to expect during this important phase of life. Th ey will need to consider all alternatives including skilled-nursing facilities/nursing homes, home health care, retirement centers, and so on. Cut through the Noise serves as a great resource in educating patients and their families. It will guide them through the process and eliminate frustrations as they age gracefully.
While Cut through the Noise is an invaluable guide for family members and loved ones—particularly adult children directly involved in managing their parents' nursing-home choices and care—this book also goes a long way in expanding the support to adult children who are geographically outside the immediate area. This information is a tool to simplify and enrich communication among adult siblings and other family members through an ever-changing process that is anything but simple or easy. While care-giving responsibilities are rarely evenly divided among family members and friends, educating everyone with an overview of various considerations increases understanding among those having a front-row seat and those whose experience is from afar.
Teresa GoldsmithMS CCC-SLP
The complexities of the nursing-home world can confound and frustrate anyone new to this environment. As a speech pathologist working in long-term care and specifi cally nursing homes for many years, I can attest to this. Cut through the Noise delivers knowledge and insight into the milieu that cares for our elderly, and it will guide you and your loved ones during this vulnerable time.
The importance of this book and its subject cannot be overstated. In my twentyfive years as a wealth strategist, I have assisted families making difficult choices dealing with aging husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers. The stress of disagreement among siblings over the best course of action can tear families apart. Cut through the Noise provides authority on how to determine if a facility is right for someone you love, helping to eliminate the guesswork. This book is essential for anyone who has to make decisions about aging loved ones. I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Pobee for the past four years. We have had many conversations about elderly care, since it is close to his heart. His passion and dedication to the aging generation is now being translated into a tool for families in their quest for quality care. With his help, quality care for the elderly will become the norm instead of the exception. This legacy of love will not only keep families together but will help the next generation (us baby boomers) receive better service and create a better industry.