[APG Public List] Nursing homes
laboswell at rogers.com
Mon Sep 27 12:18:48 MDT 2010
Jeanette and Jacqueline, that used to be what nursing homes meant in Canada
too (Ontario at least). Then they began to be used for short and long term
convalescent care. Now they're used to warehouse people suffering from
mental illnesses who were sent there from a mainstream hospital emergency
room. So the elderly in their final weeks and months have a very mixed bag
of fellow immates, some of whom are very violent.
So a Canadian or American researcher (who sees the term as referring to
geriatric pallitive care) reading "born in a nursing home" would raise their
eyebrows (though given what's been the news as to 'aged' mothers, maybe
not!). It does show that you can't take for granted what's implied by even
a common phrase. I add a note explaining the difference when dealing with
US clients. I
But I'm still interested in the history of the term 'nursing home' and how
it became two completely different concepts
----- Original Message -----
From: Jacqueline Wilson
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Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 10:20 AM
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Nursing homes
Larry, I do not know the origin of the name or when the US version became
what it is now. Bur in the States, it is basically an old folks home where
people go who have no other place to go at the end of their lives and have
no one to care for them or for people who need rehab. Now days, a place to
give birth here is called a "birthing center" and a place for unwed
mothers (usually teenagers or very young) is called a "home for girls" or
wayward girls in some cases.
It would be interesting to check the OED to see how they define it over
the years. I do not have a subscription or I would.
On Sep 27, 2010, at 8:51 AM, LBoswell wrote:
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
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 been married.
(just had a few "born in a nursing home" mentions, so got to thinking
about the origin of the phrase)
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