Published on:

Smaller, Friendlier and More ‘Homey’— Green Houses May Be One of The Most Important Developments In The Nursing Home Industry In Years

Green house principals in Wisconsin

It’s really no surprise that many nursing home patients have a bitter disdain for their facilities.  After-all, the ‘nursing home’ that they may find themselves in may bear no resemblance to the place they called ‘home’ prior to their admission.  Physical characteristics aside, many nursing homes operate with an institutional mentality where individual desires are frequently compromised to better streamline the efficiencies of the operation. 

While any operation requires organization and adherence to ‘rules’, a new breed to nursing home is threatening to take away many of the negative connotations associated with the ‘elder warehouses’ which some facilities have rapidly become.  Known as green houses, they are a new breed of nursing homes that put a re-newed focus on improving the quality of life for each patient as opposed to simply focusing exclusively on the economies of scale that tend to make institutional nursing homes ever prevalent.

Despite their more personalized care levels, green houses can actually be operated within the budget constraints at many facilities by using CNA’ for a variety of tasks (as opposed to hiring an extensive staff of specialized employees) and reducing the number of injury-related incidents that may occur at larger facilities on a more pervasive scale.

While the green house concept ideally calls for smaller facilities to be built, many of the concepts from the plan can be applied to facilities of any scope.

As a lawyer who continues to see episodes of nursing home abuse occur at large facilties where staff know patients by little more than a bed number, I am profoundly encoouraged by both the overall concept of green houses as they offer real opportunity for the improvement of care at skilled nursing facilities across the country.

Read more about the expansion of green house principals in Wisconsin here.

For more information on nursing homes in Wisconsin look here. For laws related to Wisconsin nursing homes, look here.

Client Reviews

  • Having worked in the medical field, I appreciated the way that Mr. Rosenfeld and his staff approached my family’s situation. The combination of medical knowledge and legal expertise was indeed the winning combination for our case.
  • While nothing can change the way our mother was treated at a nursing facility, I do feel a sense of vindication that the facility was forced to pay for their treatment. I am certain that they would never have done had my attorneys not held their feet to the fire.
  • I was very nervous about initiating a claim against my mother’s nursing facility, but Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers took care of everything from getting the medical records to going to court. I felt like I had real advocates on my side. That meant a lot to me.
  • After a horrific episode at a nursing home, my sister and I spoke to a number of law firms. No one took the time to answer our questions and explain the legal process like Mr. Rosenfeld. He did a tremendous job on our case and I can see why he’s earned the praise he has from clients and peers.
  • I liked the fact that I could call the office and ask questions about the legal process at anytime. I could tell that my case was in good hands. I think that this was reflected in my father’s settlement was more than I anticipated the case ever being worth.