How to Survive a Nursing Home Stay

Anti-Aging Psychologist, Dr. Michael Brickey

Host: Anti-Aging Psychologist Dr. Michael Brickey

Guest: None

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Nursing homes used to be largely a one way journey—a place for grandma to go to die. Now a sizeable portion of nursing home patients are there temporarily for recovery from knee replacement surgery, a fall, an auto accident, cancer, or a stroke. It’s often “nursing home hell.” Your roommate complains and complains, moans and groans, and has the TV blaring 24/7. You’re not sure what the “food” is but you are sure you don’t want to eat it. People are popping in your room every fifteen minutes to empty your trash, take your blood pressure, mop the floor, give you ice, give you pills, have you fill out forms. You’re in pain and very tired but can’t sleep. I will be your guide for how to avoid nursing home hell and have a nursing home stay meet your needs and help you get back home soon—whether it is you or a family member or friend you love.

The website for information on federal regulations for nursing home residents rights is The most pertinent sections are:

  • residents rights
  • quality of life
  • dietary services
  • physician services

Dr. Brickey’s other websites are and

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