A new movement is afoot to take nursing homes out of business. The movement toward “Green Houses” advocates smaller, homelike facilities with 10-12 residents as opposed to traditional nursing homes with 100-200 patients. Currently, 41 Green Houses are running in 10 states, but the movement seeks to expand that to all 50 states in an effort to correct the failing nursing home industry and the country’s 16,000 nursing homes. Green Houses continue to face problems largely related to the heavy start-up costs of such a facility. However, in a climate where only 1% of Americans over 50 want to move to a nursing home, a legislative push toward subsidies and increased revenue for Green Houses may be long overdue.
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