[APG Public List] Nursing homes
jeanettedaniels8667 at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 27 08:14:05 MDT 2010
Nursing homes in the US refer to caring for patients in the last stages of life
(elderly people) who can no longer take care of themselves or patients with
degenerative diseases who need constant care. Also connected to nursing homes
are patients who need short-term care out of the hospital after having surgery
or are suffering from injuries from car or other types of accidents. They stay
in the "rehabilitation" area. Thanks for sharing the UK and Irish meaning. We
definitely need to understand the vocabulary for different areas and different
time periods. This is a great example.
From: LBoswell <laboswell at rogers.com>
To: Ray Beere Johnson II <raybeere at yahoo.com>; Janey Joyce
<jejoyce at sbcglobal.net>; APG Posting <apgpubliclist at apgen.org>
Sent: Mon, September 27, 2010 7:51:02 AM
Subject: [APG Public List] Nursing homes
In the UK and Ireland, the term 'nursing home' is often used to mean 'maternity
home' or 'birth home'. Not sure if that was the case in Canada or the US. So
and so 'born in nursing home'.
What I'm wondering is what is the origin of the phrase 'nursing home'? Was it
orginally used in the sense of a maternity/birth home as was commonly the
case in the UK/Ireland? Interesting, because you could take the term 'nursing'
two different directions. Nursing someone through illness or in the final
stages of old age. Or nursing as in caring for, nourishing an infant.
Or did the phrase 'nursing home' evolve from different roots in the UK then it
did here? Were maternity homes, homes for unwed mothers ever called 'nursing
homes' in the US/CDA? Should be noted that the UK 'nursing homes' aren't
specifically for unwed mothers, probably most women going to them would have
(just had a few "born in a nursing home" mentions, so got to thinking about the
origin of the phrase)
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