Nursing home tragedy demands a revolution in care | Opinion
by, Michael Anderson and Kennedy McGowan
Reposted from Sun Sentinal, 9/22/17
BOLD Justice, an interfaith group of 20 congregations, has been hearing tragic stories of abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities for years. We write representing those congregations and the work we are doing to actively fight for a new type of skilled nursing care in Broward County.
The eight tragic deaths at the Hollywood Hills skilled nursing facility, followed by three subsequent deaths, must serve as an urgent wake-up call.
If it hasn’t been obvious to anyone who ever visited a “traditional” nursing care home, we need change. We know there is a criminal investigation into the causes of this tragedy. No matter what that investigation shows, let’s be clear — this was a system-wide failure. It would be naive to believe that this problem and the solution to it are isolated to one nursing home.
BOLD Justice has researched and found a philosophy of person-centered care being practiced around the country. One example is the Green House Model, which features pleasant home-style environments and resident-directed care. Most impressive to us were the scientific studies showing improved health and wellbeing of elders in Green Houses, as well as higher rates of satisfaction among staff and families.