The Small House Movement
Small Houses are “deinstitutionalized” nursing homes. These small, self-contained houses for 10 or fewer elders have private rooms and full bathrooms for shared family-style communal space, including hearth, dining area, and full kitchen. Line staff at the level of certified nursing assistants, are “universal workers” who cook meals, do laundry, provide personal care, assist with habilitation, and promote the elders’ quality of life. Nurses, doctors, and other professionals comprise a visiting clinical support team for the residents.
Small House experiences to date are positive for residents, family, and staff with several studies and reports suggesting outcomes are likely to be positive.
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