The author describes the success of a summer vacation program that brought residents of an Ohio nursing home to a camp in Michigan for relaxation and out-of-the-ordinary activities. Such programs can have a large effect, the author argues, because they can change the way residents see themselves. Residents in nursing homes tend to assume the role of sick patients, she writes. But when staff makes a positive effort to change the primary message from caring for the sick into creating opportunities for residents to live at their full potential, residents will respond.
In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.56 no.4, Summer 1980.