Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Of Interest to Outreach Librarians: The Green House Project
A Nursing Home Shrinks Until It Feels Like a Home. (The New York Times, 11/1/2011)
Excerpt: There are 117 Green Houses across the United States now, part of a quiet but intriguing effort to de-institutionalize elder care. The movement has its roots in the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act, which declared that residents of long-term care have the right to be free from abuse or neglect. Nursing homes across the country have tried a variety of strategies to become more “resident-centered.”
“It’s happening all over the country, in a lot of different models,” said Sarah Wells, executive director of the National Consumer Voices for Quality Long-Term Care, an advocacy group based in Washington.