The concept of "Nursing Home" can be expressed in a couple of
Some Deaf people are more "bilingual" than others and have adopted
the English word "nurse" and compounded it with "home" to mean
Some "ASL" instructors will tell you to spell "nursing" then
sign "HOME." I suppose that is a "safe" answer.
If the person with whom you are signing doesn't
understand what it means, sure, you can explain that it
means: "HOME FOR
OLD PEOPLE." Remember though, that is an explanation not a
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.
Another option (see below) is to sign SENIOR-CITIZEN-HOME -- which I
think is a decent choice.
Also TAKE-CARE-HOME (compound sign with reduced movements) seems to
work very well (see below).
- 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
- Kara Kruger
Family Care Case Manager
In a message dated 1/18/2017 7:32:14 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
I like your discussion of the various signs for nursing
home. In this area and in Seattle I occasionally see:
senior-citizens, home (senior citizens as sign with an S at
dominant corner of the mouth and then moving hand to the
non-dominant corner of the mouth and signing C).
A certified interpreter in Seattle told me that she was
taught that 'senior-citizens home' is less harsh (her words)
and more respectful than 'old persons' home.' In her words,
"Just like when we speak by voice, referring to someone as a
'senior citizen' is more respectful than calling them an
As for me, I'm an 'old-person-senior-citizen' so either of
those terms/signs are okay with me :)
Is the sign 'senior-citizen, home' acceptable for 'nursing
home' as well - or not? Your thoughts?
I think that "SENIOR-CITIZENS HOME" version is really neat.
I also sort of like the idea of a "TAKE-CARE HOME" -- using the sign
that looks like KEEP. Typically I do the sign TAKE-CARE-of
using a double movement but I find myself tending to using a single
contact of the K-hands followed by a single contact of the HOME
sign. (Thus it is expressed as a compound.)
In a message dated 1/18/2017 3:04:21 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, Lyn
I LIKE your suggestion: take-care-of, home. I think it is respectful
and suitable - - because many people in nursing homes are relatively
or quite young and in the facilities because they require special
health care. I had a cousin who, in a drunken stupor at a party,
dove into an empty swimming pool (he was 32 years old) and was
paralyzed from the neck down. He was in a nursing home from his
thirties until he passed away in his 60s.
So 'take-care-of, home' appeals to me. Thank you for that
GOOD point! (About the fact that nursing homes are not just
for "old" people.) I think I'm going to bump up the TAKE-CARE-HOME
(compound sign with reduced movements) as a suggested version.
"NURSE-HOME" is still prevalent so it needs to stay on the page but
it is good to provide other options.
Also, I'm sure there are a lot of "nurses" who would take offense at
the idea that the word "nursing" is "harsh."
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
Safety: FIRE-DRILL / TORNADO-DRILL / EMERGENCY-TESTING
Medical: PAIN-INJURY / BANDAGE / CHANGE / take-PILL / NURSE / DOCTOR
/ SICK / INJECTION / MEDICINE
Mealtime: EAT / DRINK / DON’T LIKE / HOT / COLD
Hygiene: BATHROOM / SHOWER / BATH /
Equipment: WHEELCHAIR / WALKER / GLASSES / HEARING-AID
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