By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on November 1st, 2011
Sharkey, Hudak, Horn, and colleagues (2010) collected data to examine differences in staffing utilization in Green House homes compared to traditional nursing homes. During the study, clinical outcome data were collected and analyzed to help frame future research. Resident acuity data were reviewed to assure comparability among sites. As the researchers analyzed the clinical data, several important trends emerged that provide insight into The Green House model’s impact on hospitalization and pressure ulcer rates as well as costs. The information below reflects the results of additional analysis of these data by Sharkey and Horn and a preliminary cost analysis of these data by The Green House Project. Current research being conducted by a collaborative of research partners under Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funding will examine these areas further.