“It’s the spice of life!” that’s how 80 year old Henry Hintz describes living in a Green House home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Nursing homes, traditionally marked by long, institutional corridors designed to be efficient for staff are ungoing a culture change across the country and Green House homes are a prime example for the industry. In Wisconsin, 10 elders live in each of the two homes where breakfast is made to order and all share the meal at one table just steps away from a common area that includes a fireplace and reclining chairs.
“That’s where we want to be,” said Keith Vanlanduyt, a vice president of Oakwood Village, which plans to replace or renovate its 100 bed nursing home, but with land and financial restrictions wonders “how close can we get to that?”
That’s why two nursing home associations have asked the state to expand incentives to replace or remodel aging facilities. Read more about their efforts and tell us what you think!