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The Shift by Kimberly White

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4   If You Can Do It Here, You Can Do It Anywhere

“Oh, I hate nursing homes,” my friend Lynn said when I told her about the book I was writing.

Most people do. That’s why I’m bringing it up with you now. If I’m going to write a book about a nursing home company, I might as well acknowledge the elephant in the room. People hate nursing homes and certainly don’t want to read about them; to be honest, before I really engaged with nursing homes, I didn’t particularly want to write about them. But here we are, stuck in this chapter anyway. So I’ll let you in on a secret: nursing homes are an astonishingly perfect place to study what happens when we truly see people as people.

How does any ordinary person shift from seeing people as objects—as problems, ...

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