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American Sign Language: "Nursing Home"


The concept of "Nursing Home" can be expressed in a couple of different ways.
Some Deaf people are more "bilingual" than others and have adopted the English word "nurse" and compounded it with "home" to mean "nursing home."

A lot of "ASL" instructors will tell you to spell "nursing" then sign "HOME." Meh. I suppose that is a "safe" answer.

Still, a rather common version is to see the signs:  OLD PEOPLE HOME. 
Or you might see OLD PEOPLE PLACE.

Or HOME FOR OLD PEOPLE.

I'm going to go ahead and suggest that you sign NURSE-HOME but I'll caution you that not everyone will agree with that sign.
- Dr. Bill
 



In a message dated 1/28/2014 9:00:18 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, Kara Kruger writes:

I love your site and recommend it to a lot of people. I work as a case manager to deaf senior citizens and as they age, many are needing to move to group homes and nursing homes where staff does not know sign language. I would love to see a section like “First 100 signs” for this type of situation. The most important things would be activity signs for basic senior games, feelings, pain, injury signs, mealtime signs, medical basics, some basic safety signs like fire drill.
Just an idea for a great page that would be very helpful in my every day work!
Thanks.
- Kara Kruger
Family Care Case Manager
 



Nursing Home Signs:

Games/Activities:  BINGO / CARDS / EXERCISE / DEAF CLUB
People:  FAMILY / SON / DAUGHTER / GUARDIAN / SOCIAL WORKER
Feelings:  FINE GOOD OKAY glad-HAPPY LONELY / CONFUSED / ANGRY
Social:  MEET / WELCOME / GOOD-MORNING-AFTERNOON-NIGHT / VISIT / BIRTHDAY / TRANSPORTATION / LATE / CANCELED / WAIT
Safety: FIRE-DRILL / TORNADO-DRILL / EMERGENCY-TESTING
Medical: PAIN-INJURY / BANDAGE / CHANGE / take-PILL / NURSE / DOCTOR / SICK / INJECTION / MEDICINE / FALL-down
Mealtime: EAT / DRINK / DON’T LIKE / HOT / COLD
Hygiene: BATHROOM / SHOWER / BATH /

Equipment:  WHEELCHAIR / WALKER / GLASSES / HEARING-AID
 


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