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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2008 Sep;29(9):992-1001. doi: 10.1080/01612840802274818.

The changing face of long-term care: looking at the past decade.

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  • 1School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78701-1499, USA. vragsdale@gvtc.com


Baby boomers on the verge of retirement who are considering future long-term care needs are searching for options that will promote comfort and quality of life in an environment comparable to the home left behind. Culture change is taking on different faces throughout long-term care, moving from a traditional medical model towards a holistic approach. New models of care address individual needs of the aging population. This article has three aims: (1) to evaluate the current state of culture change throughout long-term care, (2) to describe models of change seen among the long-term care industry, and (3) to report on existing work comparing the Green House Model of Care to two traditional nursing homes in Tupelo, Mississippi.

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