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Adding Value To Late Years

With 'culture change,' facilities strive to make long-term care less regimented, more personal

Henry Davis - News Medical Reporter - Buffalo News

John O'Rourk and the other residents of Mercy Nursing Facility will get their choice of movies from Netflix this spring. They also have received permission to grow fresh vegetables outside the former Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna.

That may not sound like a big deal, but in nursing homes, giving residents choices about the small details of their lives rates as revolutionary.

Over the years, financing and regulation have turned nursing homes into one of the most regimented businesses in the nation. ....READ MORE

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