Can we build a better nursing home?
April 27, 2015
The Washington Post
“A Better Nursing Home Exists,” on the Atlantic magazine’s Web site. Most of the article deals with something Berman came across as he researched nursing homes: the Green House Project, started in 2000 by a New York doctor. There are 173 of these homes around the country, each with 10 to 12 private bedrooms with baths, arranged around a common living and dining area that looks like a home instead of an institution. The primary caregivers are certified nurse assistants who also handle some food preparation, housekeeping and activities. Studies have shown that residents of these houses are healthier and happier than those in traditional nursing homes.
“So the question at this point,” Semuels writes, “isn’t so much what do good nursing homes look like, but how do you transform the existing institutions into places that look like them?” With one-third of the U.S. population likely to be over 65 by 2050, it’s a question that needs some consideration.