NURSING CARE DOCUMENTARIES
"THE WAITING ROOM"Produced by: Linda Davis. Directed by: Peter Nicks.
"The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film - using a blend of cinema verité and characters' voice over - offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, executive staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices. It is a film about fighting for survival when the odds are stacked against you."
"At this moment the health care debate voices are dominated by journalists and politicians and pundits...this is the voice of the people on the front lines. -abcnews.go.com
The documentary film "The Waiting Room" covers "24 hours. 241 patients. One stretched ER."
“A provocative new documentary, 'The Waiting Room,' is a snapshot of Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif., one of the nation's busiest safety-net hospitals, which is stretched to the limit with 241 patients a day, mostly uninsured, who need medical care they can't afford..."The Waiting Room" will also be aired by PBS in 2013.
"FOUR PAWS TWO HEARTS"Produced and Directed by: Ashley Bishop.
"Pet therapy is an animal such as a cat, dog, monkey, or pig that is certified to go into nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and facilities of that sort and basically interact with the patients there,... I have seen pet therapy work before in my own family with my grandfather and it just was something that I thought would make a good documentary.”
-Producer, Director Ashley Bishop
“4 Paws, 2 Hearts” displays the importance of therapy dogs for elderly and handicapped people. Bishop worked with the Lawrence County Humane Society and traveled to local assisted living homes and hospitals to obtain the information for the documentary 'Four Paws Two Hearts'.
"THE REMAINING LIGHT - A FILM ABOUT HOW WE CARE FOR SENIORS"Directed by: Goh Iromoto.
Produced by: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Hospital Employees' Union.
"'The Remaining Light' journeys through an often invisible part of Canada's health care system - the community-based services that provide care to seniors as they age and die. The film features the stories of seniors and their families, and explores themes of dignity, preventing illness and social isolation, and keeping health care costs under control as the boomer generation ages. 'The Remaining Light' is set in British Columbia, where the province's Ombudsperson is carrying out an investigation into a fragmented and underfunded system of seniors care. But the film's themes and stories will resonate with people across Canada who worry that we are not providing seniors with the dignity and respect they deserve."
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) website has additional links to purchase a DVD of the film and a film screening tool kit with a facilitator's discussion for the documentary, "The Remaining Light."
"FRONTLINE: LIVING OLD: NURSING HOMES"Produced by: Miri Navasky.
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Millions of elderly, living longer can also mean a debilitating physical decline that often requires an immense amount of care. And just as more care is needed, fewer caregivers are available to provide it. In "Living Old," FRONTLINE investigates this national crisis and explores the new realities of aging in America. source:FRONTLINE
This is Chapter 3 in the series.
"LONG SHADOWS: STORIES FROM A JEWISH HOME"Directed by: Kate Hampel.
Produced by: Melanie Coombs.
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“Long Shadows: Stories From A Jewish Home.”
“Long Shadows: Stories From A Jewish Home” examines the implications of caring for ageing survivors of the Holocaust.
The largest population of Holocaust survivors, per capita, outside Israel lives in Melbourne, Australia.
These survivors are facing death and isolation for the second time, as they make the traumatic transition to an aged care facility. Dementia, memory loss and physical immobility contribute to a splintering of identity. Removed from their homes, their familiar routines, their families and the outside community, past horrors come flooding back.”
"SUNSET STORY"Produced by: Laura Gabbert, Caroline Libresco, Eden H. Wurmfeld
Directed by: Laura Gabbert
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Deep in the heart of central Los Angeles, in a neighborhood bustling with immigrant Latino and Korean families, lies a fascinating anomaly. A "retirement home for free-thinking elderly," founded in 1923, Sunset Hall integrates aging with progressive activism, giving residents the opportunity to engage daily with causes they hold dear. The library, overflowing with books and adorned with a bust of Lenin and a portrait of Paul Robeson, is the site of many a heated debate. Bingo, dismissed by one resident as "a ridiculous game," is categorically rejected. source: sunsetstory.com
"RAGE AGAINST THE DARKNESS"Produced and Directed by: John Kastner
The first installment of this three-part series introduces two elderly sisters, “Bunny and Leona,” who are separated into different nursing homes after 30 years of living together. Their transition and emotional rollercoaster are documented. The second part of the series follows Gert Stevenson, a positive, bright nursing home resident and the details of the relationship with her daughter. The final part tells the story of two seniors Phillip Rowley and Helen Beck who continue to live alone at home rather than move into facilities. Both have compromised health conditions and have had close calls, worrying family members. Some of the films accolades include: -Winner, Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award, 2003 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival -Finalist, 2003 Prix Italia, Siracusa Italy -Winner, Silver Chris Award ,2003 Columbus International Film and Video Festival -Official Selection, 2004 Input in Barcelona.
A clip is not available from the filmmakers. Visit the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) website for a written story version and photo gallery of "Rage Against The Darkness."
Produced and Directed by: Brad Lichtenstein and Lisa Gildehaus
“A feature-length documentary that follows the daily lives of residents and staff at Saint John’s On The Lake, a retirement community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Through a memorable cast of characters, candid interviews and true-life drama, ALMOST HOME presents real stories of aging—frightening, tender, funny, surprising and honest…the film makers introduce couples bonded and divided by disability, children torn between caring for their dependent parents and their own families, nursing assistants doing difficult work for near-poverty wages and visionary nursing home director John George, who is committed to transforming his century-old hospital-like institution into a true home.”
source: Independent Lens
"EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL TRAINING VIDEOS FOR NURSING FACILITIES"
Produced by: Video Press - Med School Maryland Productions.
Video Press - Med School Maryland Productions is a national distributor of health-related videos and is an excellent source of continuing education that may be shown to nursing home administration and staff.
Videos document a large range of topics from how to deal with sexual activity in nursing homes, to dealing with abusive residents and much more.
The resident’s perspective is widely represented.
Visit their website to preview or purchase programs on:
* Alzheimer’s Disease
* Elder Abuse Prevention in Nursing Hmes
* Perspectives of the Elderly
* Care Competencies
* LTC Challenges
* End of Life Care
"IS ASSISTED LIVING THE ANSWER"Produced by: Trading Places: Caring for Your Parents Series" NBC News.