The Origins Of Geriatric Nursing, The Development In The Last Century.

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The early part of the century saw development of separate facilities, such as sanitaria, orphanages and the insane asylum, for most of these categories. Gradually the percentage of elderly increased, from 50% early in the century to 2/3 by 1920 (Schell, 1993). While substantial numbers of the elderly lived out their years in private charitable old-age homes, “these institutions provided custodial rather than medical care” (Schell, p...
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Prominent among the voices for change in nursing care for the aged was Lavinia Dock, a nurse and a contributing editor of AJN, a leading feminist and socialist. Along with leading women’s organizations Dock wanted to institute nursing training in the almshouse. As one leading women’s figure stated, “ the great variety of chronic cases- the cases in which the hospital training school is most deficient –will constitute a post-graduate opportunity of great value” (Crane, 1907, p...
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