Does the Nursing Home Industry Need to Explore New Models for Care?

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to reveal problems in America’s long-term care, some leaders are stepping forward to reimagine elder care. Many are looking at developing new solutions, focusing on “nontraditional nursing homes that provide more individualized care.” While the elderly population is more vulnerable to a new virus like COVID-19, most nursing homes “are set up like hospitals, with double occupancy rooms, large dining halls . . . and other common areas.”

This layout has contributed to the quickly spreading virus, playing a role in the deaths of over 82,000 nursing home residents since the beginning of the pandemic. In response, new approaches “are being designed to care for the elderly,” including “a shift toward aging in place in one’s home.” The Green House model is becoming more popular, comprised of “smaller facilities in which residents live in groups of eight to 10.”

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