What Kind of Nursing Homes Have Had the Fewest COVID-19 Cases?

By Sheryl Zimmerman, Carol Dumond-Stryker, Meera Tandan, John S. Preisser, Christopher J. Wretman, Abigail Howell, Susan Ryan: For Complete Post, Click Here…

More than a year into the pandemic, over 533,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the US. Of those deaths, a staggering 81 percent (434,317) were of people ages 65 and older, and 20 percent of deaths (106,701) occurred in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. Several reasons explain these high rates: elderly people are more likely to have other illnesses putting them at higher risk of dying from COVID-19, their aging immune systems are not as strong as younger people’s, and many live in congregate settings like nursing homes, where the virus can spread rapidly. To understand how to better protect elderly people in a future pandemic, this study compared rates of COVID-19 cases, nursing home admission and readmission rates, and deaths among residents of nontraditional small nursing homes and traditional nursing homes.

The best-known type of nontraditional, small house nursing home is the Green House model, which operates 300 homes across 32 states, each housing only 10 to 12 residents. In addition to their small size, Green House homes also feature consistent, universal staff assignment (meaning the facilities try to assign the same staff to the same residents and that staff perform a wide range of responsibilities in addition to their nursing role, like cleaning and cooking), private rooms and bathrooms, smaller overall space, and a central entry. Green House homes have also been proven to have other benefits, such as improving residents’ quality of life and reducing preventable hospitalizations.

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