‘Green House Project’: A Nursing Home Alternative That Promotes Growth

Published On: January 11th, 2011By Categories: Blog

Jan Cassidy Wood and her siblings knew that if their older brother Jack Cassidy ever needed long-term nursing care, it would fall to them to find it. He was unmarried and lived alone, and since childhood has had serious health issues.
After a stroke this past January, the 68-year-old retired mail clerk could no longer take care of himself in his home. So Wood, a former high school teacher, researched 32 long-term care facilities in the Boston area.
Finding up to four residents to a room on her visits, Wood found the places far from warm and fuzzy. The staff at short-term rehabilitation, where Jack landed after the hospital, kept asking her if she had found a bed.“But that grated on me,” Wood says. “I wasn’t looking for a bed for Jack. I was looking for a home.”  Check out the entire article on changingaging.org or AARP.