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By Timothy Diamond

This primary hand document at the paintings of nurses and different caregivers in a nursing house is set powerfully within the context of wider political, financial, and cultural forces that form and constrain the standard of take care of America's aged. Diamond demonstrates in a compelling manner the fee that business-as-usual rules extract from the aged in addition to these whose paintings it truly is to take care of them.In a society during which a few million humans reside in 16,000 nursing houses, with their numbers escalating day-by-day, this thought-provoking paintings calls for quick and common attention."[An] unnerving portrait of what it really is wish to paintings and dwell in a nursing domestic. . . . by way of giving voice to such a lot of unheard citizens and staff Diamond has played a major provider for us all."—Diane Cole, ny Newsday"With Making grey Gold, Timothy Diamond describes the commodification of long term care within the so much bright illustration in a decade of round the clock institutional existence. . . . a private addition to the troublingly impersonal nationwide debate over healthcare reform."—Madonna Harrington Meyer, modern Sociology

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Back in the coffee shop several months earlier, Ina Williams had muttered, "It ain't hardly worth our time to come out here. 25 per hour. The bus fare was a dollar each way. Her raises did not even add up to the cost of her transportation. Rumors were rife about homes where they paid better. 50 per hour. 00 everywhere. Yet, for every rumor of higher rates, everyone seemed to know, often first-hand, places where they paid about the same as here, sometimes less. Eventually, the very concepts of job and wage versus unemployment and poverty that I had brought with me began to break down.

I appeared to the others as the odd one out-not, as I had feared, solely because of my status as a white American man but because from somewhere within that category I was mak- 48 Mining the Raw Materials ing it on just one job. Double shifts, part-time moonlighting, two jobs-these I came to realize were not the exception but the rule for nursing assistants, the newest members of the health care team, and by far the largest work force in the emerging nursing home industry. " was quite simple. You don't.

For his part, Mr. " All three answers were wrong. Mr. " asked Vivienne, a six-year veteran of this type of work. " Within his frame of reference, "throw it away" meant that the linen was picked up and thrown into the utility room or down the laundry chute. But nursing assistants had to enter into this process of cleaning up well before they threw sheets down a chute. We had already spent some time in the utility room, scrubbing sheets before they were fit to be sent to the laundry, before they were even clean enough to be called dirty.

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