If you’re looking into nursing homes for yourself or someone you love, consider a Green House. Green Houses, conceived by Dr. William Thomas, are non-traditional nursing homes that transform long-term care, focusing on person-centered care. They are small nursing homes that are designed to look and feel like a real home. And they promote caregiver relationships based on mutual respect and empowerment to make the lives of their residents meaningful.
Green Houses are for older adults with or without disabilities. Studies show that they improve quality of life for residents, with higher resident satisfaction and as good health outcomes.
Green Houses are designed for between 10-12 residents. Each resident has his or her own bedroom and bathroom, and there is a shared living room, dining room and kitchen. The residents design their own daily routines.
Caregivers, nurse assistants, and social workers work together as a team to provide personalized care for residents. They provide four times more personal and social contact with residents than a traditional skilled nursing home. Staff are happier with their work than traditional nursing home staff.
Studies show that the costs to Medicare and Medicaid are as much as $2300 less than a traditional nursing home. And, data show fewer hospitalizations for residents relative to people in traditional nursing homes.
Green Houses can be established as part of a traditional nursing home or independently. They began operating in 2003. Today, there are 175 Green Houses, with about 1700 beds, in 27 states. More than half the residents have Medicaid. There are 16,000 nursing homes in the U.S., with about 1.5 million beds.
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