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Reimagining What a Nursing Home Can Be

Beth Baker - PBS Next Avenue

Beth Baker - nextavenue.org
01/10/2015

Editor's note: This article is part of a year-long project about aging well, planning for the changes that aging brings and shaping how society thinks about aging.

Can a nursing home ever be a genuine home, a comforting place where we live in contentment if we can no longer live on our own?

A "culture change" movement in long-term care is demonstrating that the hospital-like institutions that most of us dread can indeed be transformed, improving the quality of life for both residents and staff.
 
One leader of this growing movement is Dr. Bill Thomas, a geriatrician in Ithaca, N.Y., who proudly calls himself an "abolitionist" when it comes to traditional nursing homes. His vision: replace them with a model he dubbed the Green House, a home of 10 to 12 elders, assisted by specially trained staff.....read more



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