BlogTalkRadio (Nursing Home) Show “Kind Ethics” with Viki Kind

Viki Kind interviews author of Becoming Dead Right – A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes, Frances Shani Parker, on “Improving Nursing Homes”, An award-winning writer consultant and former school principal Frances shares insights and experiences about her years of hospice volunteering in Detroit nursing homes. Using stories poems and general information she has written a groundbreaking book that is an inclusive and literal guide for becoming dead the right way.Topics include hospice caregiving dementia death bereavement and strategies for improving eldercare and nursing homes. While universal perspectives are presented the often missing views of people of color and residents in urban nursing homes are examined.
Frances background as an educator and her upbringing in New Orleans LA add interesting layers to her problem solving in nursing homes and to her descriptive storytelling. She uses her writing and public speaking skills to advocate for senior citizens and promote conversations empowering others to have dignified death journeys. Her favorite anonymous quote is “If you think one person can’t make a difference you havent been to bed with a mosquito.” Visit Frances in cyberspace at www.francesshaniparker.com and at her blog titled Hospice and Nursing Homes  http//:hospiceandnursinghomes.blogspot.com
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Frances Shani Parker on Aging With Grace

Frances Shani Parker appeared on the Aging With Grace show with host Particia Grace to talk about issues related to taking care of aging parents, hospice, and the challenges faced by urban minorities in end-of-life care. Frances Shani Parker is a writer, consultant, and hospice volunteer. Her writing has won awards from Writer’s Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, the Detroit Writer’s Guild, Broadside Press, and the New Orleans Public Library. Among publications including her work are Black Arts Quarterly (Stanford University), Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (Chicago State University), and Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (AARP). Among venues at which her poems have been read are the International AIDS Conference in South Africa and “Artists Among Us,” sponsored by the Michigan Wayne County Council for Arts, History, and Humanities.
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is the captivating account of Frances Shani Parker’s hospice volunteer experiences in Detroit nursing homes. Stories, general information, and poems explore hospice care, urban nursing homes, caregiving, dementia, and disparities in healthcare. Pain management, death preparations, bereavement, and strategies for improving healthcare and nursing homes are also examined. This groundbreaking book has several national endorsements. “Becoming Dead Right” is published by Loving Healing Press and is available at Amazon.com., Barnes and Noble bookstores, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Marketplace, and other booksellers.

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Frances Shani Parker – Craig Fahle WDET interview

Craig Fahle of WDET-FM’s Detroit Today spoke with author and geriatric care activist Frances Shani Parker about  the realities of life in an urban nursing home.  Parker is author of the new book Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes and is eager to share her 10+ years experience as a volunteer and what we can all do to make the hospice experience better for everyone. Frances Shani Parker
Frances Shani Parker is a writer, consultant, and hospice volunteer. Her writing has won awards from Writer’s Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, the Detroit Writer’s Guild, Broadside Press, and the New Orleans Public Library. Among publications including her work are Black Arts Quarterly (Stanford University), Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (Chicago State University), and Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (AARP). Among venues at which her poems have been read are the International AIDS Conference in South Africa and “Artists Among Us,” sponsored by the Michigan Wayne County Council for Arts, History, and Humanities.A former school principal, Parker has had essays and poems published in the educational arena, particularly on service learning, a teaching and learning method that connects classroom learning with meeting community needs. She has been honored as “Outstanding Educational Administrator” by the Metropolitan Detroit Alliance of Black School Educators and “Educator of the Year” by the Wayne State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international, professional fraternity for educators. Becoming Dead Right

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