If Charles House in Chapel Hill, N.C., sounds like a Green House Project home, it’s not an accident. When executive director Paul Klever and his colleagues set out to design the homes, their goal was to create the farthest thing from an institution as possible.
For almost every problem, concern or cause directed toward older adults there is a more inclusive, ageless perspective that could engender broader support for their resolution.
After 14 years fighting to maintain some shred of autonomy and home in assisted living facilities in New York and Pennsylvania, Martin Bayne is being evicted from his current home tomorrow with no alternative arrangement yet determined.
The Green House Project’s landmark approach to skilled nursing care will be highlighted at the White House Conference on Aging.
Today, I am thrilled to say that most of the public television stations across the country are going to broadcast my latest film, HOMES ON THE RANGE, about the 12-year journey to build a Green House Project in Sheridan, Wyoming.
A couple of weeks ago I published an article titled “Bill Thomas Says I Am an Abolitionist”.
Yesterday I had a conversation with the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) in my home state of Montana about how to change dementia caregiving practices in the state’s nursing homes. I offered three ideas and would like suggestions from readers.
A new conversation about death has been dominating headlines and casting light on the failure of health care and medicine to help people navigate the final stage of life.
Dr. Bill has been busy making waves lately with his abolitionist point of view on nursing homes.
Buoyed by astonishingly low expectations and a reimbursement system that literally pays them for making their patients sicker and weaker, nursing homes represent the one part of our health care system that has seen little substantive change in more than a half a century.
The second half of my working life stretches out in front of me and I no longer feel the need to censor my words and my deeds. I am a nursing home abolitionist and, going forward, I intend to act like one.
One of my favorite principles of “enlightened leadership” is called “Expect the Best” — a principle that is ignored with alarming regularity in long-term care, on both the provider and the regulator sides.
Sometimes amidst the chaos, there are moments of clarity, when we’re reminded why we do the work we do. I had one of those moments last October, during one of those speaking engagements when you’re not sure anyone really cares what you have to say.
Since the success of the film Alive Inside, I have been keeping an eager eye out for the next film to have similar potential to transform the way people think about aging. Last week I found one – The Age of Love.
Every day, the employees of St. Antonine’s Old Age Home in KwaZulu Nata, South Africa, hand wash laundry for 60 Elders because they have no washer and dryer.
Listen now! NPR podcast featuring Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Karl Pillemer and Martha Stettinius discussing how communities, families and individuals can do a better job planning for the aging process and the needs of our growing elder population.
UPDATE: Wyoming PBS documentary “Homes on the Range: The New Pioneers” will air TWO times tonight at 8 p.m. and then again at 9:30 p.m.
If a bunch of 40 and 50-year-olds at a resort (albeit a demolished one) on the beach can feel the effects of institutional practices in only four days, what chance do Elders have in a traditional nursing home over a long period of time?
I recently cautioned in an op-ed that our attempts to reduce antipsychotic drugs among patients with dementia would soon become problematic if we have not also learned how to care differently. And the chickens are starting to come home to roost.
Whether we know it or not, all of us cultivate gardens. The things we choose to grow and the ways in which we care for them define our lives and who we are.