Green House Nursing Homes Improve Quality of Life and Care

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<p>A new study, <a href="/cnlib/pub/enews_clickthrough.htm?enews_item_id=29561&return_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecommonwealthfund%2Eorg%2Fpublications%2Fpublications%5Fshow%2Ehtm%3Fdoc%5Fid%3D516105%26%23doc516105">Resident Outcomes in Small-House Nursing Homes: A Longitudinal Evaluation of the Initial Green House Program</a>, published in the <em>Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,</em> finds that this innovative nursing home model can improve the quality of care--and quality of life--for residents.<br /><br />In "Green House" nursing homes, residents enjoy privacy, community, and an environment designed to look and feel like a real home. The Commonwealth Fund-supported study, led by researcher Rosalie A. Kane, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, compared the health outcomes and quality of life for Green House residents with residents of two traditional nursing homes. It found that Green House residents experience better quality of life, with the same or better quality of care than those in the comparison homes.<br><br>"The results strongly favor the Green House and suggest that it achieved its stated goals," say the authors. Further Green House nursing homes are currently in development.</p>