Potential Alternative to Nursing Homes

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commissioned a study conducted by Dr. Bill Thomas to look into alternatives to traditional nursing homes.  The results of the study suggest a viable alternative to traditionally large nursing home facilities may be a home-like facility with 10-12 people.

The foundation has coined the term ‘Green Houses’ to describe the new facilities.  Currently, there are 40 Green Houses in operation.  If the facilities are feasible and the residents are happy, the foundation plans to open the Green Houses in every state.

Currently the nursing home industry in in crisis.  According to an AARP poll, 99% of people do not want to be in a nursing home during their senior years.  Even though the elderly population is growing quickly, there are vacancies in many nursing homes because people are put off by the prospect of being warehoused as they age.

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