The standard portrayal of nursing homes on TV is as disgusting hovels filled with uncaring staff members where ungrateful children dump their unwanted parents, condemning them to lives of, on good days, dreary boredom.
That maybe somewhere in some nursing homes, elderly people are actually well-cared for by a staff that is trained to deal with their physical and mental limitations in ways that would be beyond the abilities of their families in the home is rarely, if ever, considered as a possibility.
"One East," a half-hour video by the University of Maryland at Baltimore's team of William Whiteford and Susan Cohen, shows
that such is the case. Focusing on one ward of a local nursing home -- the Johns Hopkins-affiliated Mason F. Lord Facility -- "One East" finds patients who range from the jolly and fun-loving to the taciturn and difficult to the detached and distracted. It will be on Maryland Public Television, channels 22 and 67, at 10 o'clock tonight,