The Restwelle nursing home is struggling with demands for efficiency. Staff is being reduced, there’s no certainty that contracts will be renewed, and those left behind are working longer hours. Increasingly often it’s the weakest one around who has to pick up the slack – usually Ritva, a fifty-year-old practical nurse who has taken care of others her whole life. She does her best to assist the home’s elderly residents and care for her developmentally disabled son, but exhaustion, her coworkers’ indifference, and uncertainty about the future tear at her more and more deeply. Even the most patient of us has limits. Anna Krogerus’s text tackles one of the most difficult problems of modern society, the deterioration of care for the elderly. It concretely demonstrates how policies drafted above affect those at the grass roots. At the same time it is a precise psychological portrait of a person whose caring nature prompts her to give in to others again and again. Krogerus balances topical realism with engaging dark humor, a colorful cast of characters, and impressive scenic vision.
ALWAYS A DAY AWAY
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