Kentucky Law Firm Welcomes Idea of Green House Nursing Homes

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These smaller elder care facilities have the potential to play a significant positive role in providing quality living for elderly Kentucky nursing home residents, says attorney J. Marshall Hughes.

J. Marshall Hughes

Given recent research showing that smaller staff-to-patient ratios provide better care, and that Green House residents are happier and healthier, it seems to us that Kentucky residents deserve a Green House option.

J. Marshall Hughes of the Hughes & Coleman Law Firm supports the establishment of smaller, community-modeled Green House facilities to care for the elderly in Kentucky.

“Too often, residents in large elder care facilities get lost in the shuffle. The smaller settings of Green House units offer the opportunity for greater interaction among residents and staff and can lead to a better quality of life for residents,” says Hughes, who founded the personal injury firm of Hughes & Coleman with Lee Coleman in 1985.

The Green House project was conceived by geriatrician Dr. William Thomas in 2003. The doctor was frustrated with expensive home nursing care and with the atmosphere of so many elder care facilities. Green Houses are designed to provide 24-hour nursing care in a home environment.

Residents in Green Houses don’t adhere to rigid schedules that plague so many nursing home residents. They decide what time to get up and what time to go to bed. They also decide what to eat; the meals are cooked by trained nursing assistants and then served at a large dining table where everyone -- residents, nursing assistants, visitors and other staff -- eats together.

“Abuse and neglect of our country’s elderly population is a growing social problem, and we want to arm Kentuckians in the fight against it,” Hughes says. “Green Houses could be another tool in this fight because the homes provide family members with an alternative to traditional facilities as they go through the process of selecting a suitable setting for their elderly loved ones.”

Since their inception, 89 Green Houses have sprung up in more than 16 states, with another 27 in development. Some of them are built as homes in rural areas, while others are apartment complexes in large metropolitan areas. The homes share a common architecture: 6 to 10 clustered rooms with private baths and common areas that include a kitchen, laundry area and access to outdoor areas. There are currently no Green Houses operating in Kentucky.

“Given recent research showing that smaller staff-to-patient ratios provide better care, and that Green House residents are happier and healthier, it seems to us that Kentucky residents deserve a Green House option,” says Hughes. “While some traditional nursing homes provide excellent care, others fail to hire enough staff, and don’t provide adequate supervision of staff and residents, which can lead to neglect and abuse.”

About Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with offices in Bowling Green and Louisville, is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect victims, as well as the families who care deeply about their elderly loved ones.

Partners J. Marshall Hughes and Lee Coleman are accomplished injury attorneys and advocates for people who have suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, as well as auto accidents, brain injury, drug injury, defective products, environmental dangers, fire and burn injury, insurance disputes, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, Social Security disability, stock fraud, truck accident injury, workers’ compensation and wrongful death.

For more information contact Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers at 800-489-6000 or use the firm's online contact form.

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