About The Book

In her most recent book, Lise Cloutier-Steele writes about the current conditions in local nursing homes. She shared her experience as her late father’s guardian and advocate while he resided in a long-term care facility for a period of over three years. The book moves from personal stories to practical and helpful information for all caregivers.

There’s No Place Like Home features a foreword by Barbara A. Yeats, M.D., a commentary by Marion King, M.A., and contributions from experts including registered nurse Alice Régnier, dental surgeon Hussein Elastal, speech-language pathologist, Karen Luker, Chair of Ottawa Therapy Dogs, Carole Eldridge, Orléans lawyer Jacques Robert, and others.

There’s No Place Like Home was first published in 2010 and reprinted in 2012 and 2013. Its content remains current, and proceeds from all sales continue to be used to assist residents of long-term care facilities.

Everyone must keep in mind that we, ourselves, someday and/or our spouses may require care, even at the level of Lise’s father. I do hope, like the couple featured on the cover, that in my most senior years I will be able to get out for a walk in natural areas. The likelihood of continued quality of life will be greatly increased if appropriate care is available to me, if required. With sound planning and management, there is no reason why we cannot have affordable, adequate care for all of our elderly citizens. Good care is actually less expensive, at least in the long run, because it prevents expensive crises. Also, good care early enough can help prevent the need for more expensive care later.
― Bruce F. Simpson, Senior partner, Barnes, Sammon LLP, Ottawa, Ontario

Cloutier-Steele’s book is very informative about the world of dealing with long-term care facilities. It confirms the importance of being vigilant after you think you have a problem resolved. It was comforting to know that I was not the only one struggling with appropriate care for a loved one. While the struggle is tiring, our loved ones are worth it.
― Marion Lochnan, caregiver

Lise Cloutier-Steele is a communications specialist and a professional writer with 25 years of experience. She is the author of Living and Learning with a Child who Stutters, NC Press Limited, Toronto, April 1995, and the recipient of a Canada 125 Award in recognition of a significant contribution to the community and to Canada for her volunteer efforts to help children who stutter and their parents. She is also the author of Misinformed Consent – Women’s Stories about Unnecessary Hysterectomy, Next Decade, Inc., New Jersey, March 2003, In 2008, Lise was the managing editor of an art book featuring the autobiography and contemporary paintings of artist Blair Thomas Paul, www.blairpaul.comOn the Edge of Discovery was released in November 2009 by Penumbra Press,

There's No Place Like Home

Ordering Information:

ISBN 978-0-9865479-0-4

There’s No Place Like Home is currently out-of-print, but continues to be available through the Ottawa Public Library.

We will update the site when the book becomes available again.







 Overview of the book


Foreword By Barbara A. Yeats, M.D., CCFP, FCFP

Author’s Prologue

Chapter One Living the long-term care reality ― From a caregiver’s point of view

Chapter Two Attitudes and stereotypes about the old – Do they matter? Commentary by Marion King, M.A.

Chapter Three The art of complaining ― What to do, who to contact when things don’t work out as well as expected at a nursing home

Chapter Four Nursing home essentials ― Tips on what to look for in a good nursing home

Chapter Five Burnout ― It can happen to caregivers, too

Chapter Six Making provisions for quality long-term care