Richard Cherry

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Nursing home ombudsmen represent a community presence in long-term care facilities. This study examines ombudsmen in the context of Litwak's theory of complementary roles in order to assess the theory's association with quality of care. A multivariate analysis of a random sample of 210 Missouri nursing homes revealed that the presence of an ombudsman in(More)
This article reviews the development, distribution, and effectiveness of a free, comprehensive mass-mailed community service directory designed for older people. While only half of a pre/post-distribution sample remembered receiving it, recipients of the directory indicate it increased service awareness and prompted various types of use. Alternatives for(More)
Many gerontologists have proposed that ombudsman programs and other forms of community presence should improve nursing home quality of care. This study compared these programs' effects on quality of nursing care on a random sample of 134 Medicare/Medicaid-certified long-term care facilities in Missouri. The presence of an ombudsman program was found to be(More)
The Independent Living Program at the Little Rock Veterans Administration Medical Center is providing an invaluable service to disabled veterans. Since activation 2 1/2 years ago, it was proven to be a strong, viable program which fills a previous gap in the discharge plans of the medically stable but physically disabled veteran. Without a successful(More)
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