5] Profiling a woman whose philanthropic gift was earmarked for establishing a "hospital for convalescents," the article stated:
The accommodations of our hospitals are in much demand, and the expense of their maintenance so great, that patients are necessarily dismissed from them as soon as the stage of convalescence is reached; and moreover, it is not in the hospital, but in surroundings of a very different character, that convalescents can receive the benefit of which they stand in special need.
The convalescent home represents another antecedent of the nursing home as we know it today.
Care of convalescent patients has for the most part been left to drive by itself without intensive medical supervision; in consequence, this is almost the only branch of medicine which has made minimal progress in the last fifty years or more.
Convalescent homes don't entirely parallel the nursing homes of today, in that they were primarily intended as places where people could recover so that they could return to the community, rather than serving as residential homes for the chronically disabled.
Doff, director of Special Health Services for the Florida Board of Health, described in a March 1962 Nursing Homes article the "community attitude" that served as the foundation for the "so-called convalescent home of the 1920s and 1930s": "Convalescence had not yet interested the rank and file of the medical and allied professions.
Doff added that, even as recently as 20 years earlier, in the early 1940s, convalescent care did not include special diets, care for cardiac patients after hospital discharge (regardless of their age), provisions for cancer patients (regardless of whether they needed continued medical or nursing care after being released from the hospital) or the care of patients with coloitomies.
Neither do convalescent homes want crippled or disfigured patients.
Privately operated rest homes and nursing homes and convalescent homes popped up like ants at a picnic.
With the shift away from the large, extended, multigeneration unit, families began to place their kin in newly organized boarding homes, nursing homes, rest homes, homes for the aged, and convalescent homes and hospitals.