NY Times Article on a Brief Nursing Home Stay

Posted by Dr. El - August 24, 2009 - Anecdotes, Boomers - 2 Comments

Here’s an interesting article on a brief nursing home stay by a medical student as part of her training.

Experiencing Life, Briefly, Inside a Nursing Home

By Katie Zezima

Published: August 23, 2009

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — For 10 days in June, Kristen Murphy chose to live somewhere she and many others fear: a nursing home.

Ms. Murphy, who is in perfect health, had to learn the best way to navigate a wheelchair around her small room, endure the humiliation that comes with being helped in the bathroom, try to sleep through night checks and become attuned to the emotions of her fellow residents.
And Ms. Murphy, 38, had to explain to friends, family and fellow patients why she was there.
Ms. Murphy, a medical student at the University of New England in Biddeford, Me., who is interested in geriatric medicine, came to New York for a novel program that allowed her to experience life as a nursing home patient.

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