Nursing Home Model Boosts Outcomes; Profit Is Slim
PBS' "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on Wednesday reported on the "Green House" nursing home model, which offers residents personalized care in small, home-like settings.
Residents at the Green Houses report a higher quality of care and quality of life than at traditional nursing homes, and family members and staff also report higher satisfaction.
However, the system produces slim margins for its operators and might not be financially sustainable as a for-profit model, "NewsHour" reports. The model could be more viable for not-for-profit and multi-site providers, according to "NewsHour."
The segment includes comments from:
- Thomas Cooper of Tabitha Health Care Services, which operates Green Houses;
- Joyce Ebmeier of Tabitha Health Care Services;
- Bill Thomas, a geriatrician and founder of the Green House model; and
- Green House employees and residents (Dentzer, "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," PBS, 1/23).
Audio, video and a transcript of the segment are available online. This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.