I AM PLEASED to have the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of people who have been especially helpful in the development of this book. I am extremely grateful to the caregiving relatives and friends who agreed to be interviewed for this exploration of nursing home placement and who shared their experiences so thoroughly. They have my respect and admiration for their dedication and their ability and desire to remain caregivers even when confronted with incredibly difficult circumstances.
I am very grateful to the staff at the nursing home for allowing me to carry out this study and for giving me valuable opportunities to learn about and provide nursing home social work services and to supervise many fine graduate students.
I am also grateful to former colleagues at the Columbia University School of Social Work who have been so supportive of my work on this project. I thank Dr. Gary Mallon for suggesting that information from my research study could be published as a book and for advising me on approaches to beginning that process. Dr. Barbara Simon also provided strong support for publication of this book. Ms. Janet Abbott understood the importance of this subject and has been a source of consistent support. Finally, I want to thank Dr. Peg McCartt Hess, who, as Associate Dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work, steadfastly believed in and nurtured my ability to succeed as an academician and contributed in important ways to my being able to write this book.
My colleagues in the Social Work Program at Lehman College, City University of New York, have provided valuable support for my long-standing commitment to geriatrics / gerontology through their strong participation in our Council on Social Work Education—John A. Hartford Foundation curriculum development project.