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UW-Eau Claire Nursing Professor Co-authors
Guide to Selecting Long-Term Care

RELEASED: Sept. 8, 2009

Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher
Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has co-authored a comprehensive guide that takes the reader step-by-step through the process of selecting long-term care.

"How to Find the Best Eldercare," published by Fairview Press, will be available in bookstores this month.

Zwygart-Stauffacher and co-author Dr. Marilyn Rantz, a professor of nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, combined their extensive nursing practice, administration experience and original research to present practical information in an approachable, easy-to-follow format.

"As we conducted the research on measuring quality in nursing homes, more and more consumers, consumer groups and care settings approached us to share what we had found about quality care and how it can help one select the best long-term care setting," Zwygart-Stauffacher said. "Though we have published extensively in professional and academic journals, there was substantial interest in creating this type of publication for the public, as moving through the maze of long-term care can be very intimidating and overwhelming."

The book covers all of the common eldercare options with summaries, financing options, and key differences discussed in detail. Readers learn how to quickly tour a location or interview an eldercare provider, with tips on what to look for as far as red flags and signs of quality care. Sample interviews and real-life examples are included, as well as helpful lists of resources and references with contact information for readers who might require further assistance.

The authors intend for the book to reduce the mystery of finding quality care and that long-term care facilities will use the tools and guides to help improve the quality of their nursing home or assisted living settings, Zwygart-Stauffacher said.

Zwygart-Stauffacher joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2000 as a professor and chair of the department of nursing systems and was appointed associate dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2004. She has nearly 30 years' experience in gerontological nursing practice, particularly in the nursing home area, where she has implemented new advanced practice roles and clinical best practice models.

For more information, contact Zwygart-Stauffacher at zwygarmc@uwec.edu.

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