A Kansas Nursing Home facility recently transformed itself from a conventional, hospital-like facility into a place that looks, smells, feels, and runs more like a “home.” In addition to more comfortable bedroom settings, residents develop their own schedules, choose what they want to eat and select activities. The manager of the Kansas facility stated that he felt after his mother’s death in the facility that the nursing home was more like a warehouse than a care facility.
The Kansas nursing home’s changes are at the forefront of a small but growing national nursing home movement. Unfortunately, the movement is obviously hindered by financial restraints, such as chronically low government support. However, the manager of the Kansas Nursing Home dismisses financial obstacles, stating that his facility saved money by cutting staff turnover by more than half and by practically eliminating food waste. Analysts report that the domination by for-profit nursing home companies of the industry also acts as a roadblock to facility transformations because of its corporate, bottom-line mentality.